Responsive Web Design

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Question by xxxxharlequingirlxxxx: What are the differences between web design and graphic design and which career should I choose?
I am currently a junior in high school (also taking classes at the local college to get ahead) and want to have a career in some sort of computer based designing, but I can’t choose. The two I’m mainly considering are web design and graphic design. I personally would prefer being in graphic design, but I hear that the income isn’t that great, and I’m not that creative or decisive, so I’m leaning towards web design. I’m just not that sure, though.
I’m trying to find out class and skill requirements, annual salary, and maybe more details about each career. Also personal input would be great, too!

Best answer:

Answer by Nee
Web design is pretty much what it sounds like- it’s designing for the internet, whether it’s creating websites or working in programs like Flash. Also, you do have to be some what creative when designing websites, but I know some web design majors who prefer the coding part rather than the design part.

Graphic design is designing mostly for print, with some designing for the web (ex: banner ads). In graphic design you can do numerous things like working on layouts for magazines, creating logos or designing packaging for consumer goods.

As far as income goes, it all depends on where you live, how much experience you have and what your job title is. A junior designer obviously won’t be making as much as a senior designer or an art director. You’ll just have to do some of your own research to figure out how much a graphic designer makes versus a web designer.

I will tell you from personal experience that there does seem to be a lot more web design jobs out there. I majored in graphic design and although I enjoy what I do, its been really tough finding a full-time job, but hopefully the economy will get better soon!

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6 Comments on Responsive Web Design

  1. RJO
    November, 23rd 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Nerd boner… RIGHT HERE

  2. jgarber
    November, 23rd 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Got mine today, too! How fortuitous!

  3. Alex Giron
    November, 23rd 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Will look good in the studio’s bookcase. 😉

  4. jgarber
    November, 23rd 2012 at 9:47 pm

    …next to all the other books Martin has never read.

  5. martymadrid
    November, 23rd 2012 at 10:03 pm

    HA HA… that is true. I just like people to think i read them.

  6. Sunny
    November, 23rd 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Now days its same job (web and graphic designing), most companies now wants their employees to be specialized in both things. Go to any good web design company website like, you will see they call themselves web designers, but they actually make website and graphics.

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