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Chapter 2. Build a Web Team or Go It Alone > Web designer/new media designer

Web designer/new media designer

A true Web designer knows how to hand code HTML and CSS and might know some other scripting technologies, like JavaScript. Web designers are responsible for the visual design of the interface, creation of graphics, and optimization (resizing and compressing them for Web use) of photos. (Book III, Chapter 7 has more information about optimizing graphics.) Web designers are also responsible for coding the pages, HTML, and CSS development.

Watch out for Web designers that “don't do” code. Web designers that downplay the importance of strong HTML and CSS skills aren't really Web designers. They're graphic designers who make graphics that coders can use to create Web pages. It will save you time, money, and aggravation if you shop around for someone who can take care of the whole job, as opposed to someone who needs other members of the team to complete the tasks of creating the interfaces.


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