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Website designers, graphic artists are a strange bunch aren’t they?

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They say that graphic designers, web designers are all in their right mind. But sometimes I would question that.

Seriously, studies have shown that our creative side of our brain is the right hemisphere, where as the analytical side is the left. This is what makes me, a programmer and web developer think differently than a web designer, graphic artist.

Graphic designers think differently

They do. Some, according to me seem just plain weird. But then the same can be said of me, where I do most of my thinking in binary.

The concept of right brain and left brain thinking developed from the research in the late 1960s of an American psychobiologist Roger W Sperry. He discovered that the human brain has two very different ways of thinking.

It’s a little more complicated than just a simple left/right brain. But suffice to say that creative people, artists, web designers, graphic artists think differently.

We all have some form or level of creativity. But if you are left brain, left hemisphere dominant then you would probably be more analytical than creative.

Like me for instance, I took art at school, love playing around with Photoshop.  Do web design, but cannot consider myself a graphic artist.

Web design vs web development, very different

Many use these two terms interchangeably, Web Design and Web Development. Probably because most companies cannot afford to hire two people for both disciplines. They would rather look for someone who is somewhat skilled in both.

Design involves what the visitor sees on your website, development involves the site’s functionality.

Web design usually involves content creation and look and feel while web development involves creating the functionality and testing it's usability.

Can one person do both? Yes, but not as well if they were to concentrate on one skill. This is not a bad thing. But just keep in mind that they are different.

You will get some overlap. But it’s like comparing an all rounder in cricket or baseball. A person who is good with both batting and bowling. But he will not be as good as a specialist bowler or specialist batsmen.

Do you want that special creative touch?

If you want your website or blog to be just that little bit more special or professional. If you want it to stand out amongst the rest. Then it might be prudent for you to look at a specialist graphic, web designer.

It might cost a bit of extra money, but sometimes we have to spend a little to gain a lot. Sounds strange coming from me, a person who likes to save every little penny.

In that light I would like to recommend two people. One is a seasoned artist, quite brilliant. While the other is a up an coming graphic designer who shows signs of brilliance.

Tami RoosTami's Art - Big Five

Tami Roos is a free lance graphic and web designer. She is also an accomplished artist. Tami brings with her over 20 years of experience.

Not only does she think differently fom a creativity point of view, but she has the ability to put that onto canvas. Whether that be material or electronic.

Take a look at Tami’s Blog, as well as some of here art work and portfolio. This picture, a pencil drawing, is an example of her skill. Just look at the detail.

Here is Tami's Blog. Follow Tami on Twitter, @tamixes

Sheldon Evans.

Now Sheldon has a special place in my heart. Well I confess, he is my nephew. But when you look at his work, you will see why I think he has great potential.

Sheldon designed my logo, see above. At the moment he is doing a lot of logo design work. So if you need a new logo, or want your logo enhanced. Look no further.

Sheldon is also an avid amateur photographer. May I boast, he has also won a few prizes for his photography.

Check out Sheldon’s website, Bluink Graphics. Follow Sheldon on Twitter, @SheldonEvans

The image at the beginning of this post is Sheldon's. Thanks Sheldon. Hope you don't mind me using it.

Conclusion.

Web development and web design are very different. If you want your blog to shine out from the rest, I would suggest investing in a good web designer/graphic artist.

How about you? Have you considered using a separate web designer? Do you think it is worthwhile? Or do you think they are indeed one and the same skill?

 

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