7 ways web design is different than graphic design

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3. Web designers have typography hurdles to jump

Graphic designers can use pretty much any font without worrying too much about how it’ll display in the final deliverable — as long as the printer’s worth the name. Web designers, however, need to consider how text will display on different screens and in different browsers.

Luckily, the addition of the @font-face rule in CSS allows for a wider array of font choices. And applications like Adobe Typekit and Google Fonts give web designers a broader typography palette to get creative with.

4.  Web designers think about the broad application of their design

Graphic designers work within concrete specifications — they create a square peg that fits one square hole. Good web designers create a peg that fits every hole, regardless of size or shape, without cramming or breaking the design.

Web designers need to consider scale. Typography, images, and other visual elements get scaled up or down with screen size. The goal is for all these elements to be readable and make for a good user experience on any device.

Web designers aren’t confined by canvas size, but they do need to consider all the possible ways a site will be displayed. Good, thoughtful web designers strip a design down to its essential elements for a consistent user experience.

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