Difference between Designers and Developers

03 March 2019

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I've come across this quite a few times, where people would confuse the difference between designers and developers.

These are the main differences that I simplified. Hopefully everyone can understand this now.

Designer = Mockups - using something like Sketch to make it look beautiful. Conceptual. Kinda like a painter or architect.

Frontend Developer = Putting the design into code (html, css, javascript, React, Vue, Angular etc) to actually make the thing function like it should from a user point of view.

Backend Developer = Does all the server side and database stuff (python, php, ruby, NodeJS, MySQL, Mongodb, Postgresql etc).

Full Stack Developer = Does both frontend and backend development.

Unicorn = Full Stack Developer + Designer. Good luck finding one.


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