Today I bring you a guest article written by Roxanne Peterson from WizKraft Media. She will discuss the topic of the point where design and frontend development meet. We all know frontend development and design are two different things, but their paths meet way too often to be ignored.
Roxanne will talk about how the design can be adapted for frontend development and tries to give to a better perspective on frontend meets design in general.
The few basic things that are required to be considered while developing a website are: user interface, information design, human computer interaction, scripting, database queries, code library development and database design. It is very important that every individual working on a particular web programming should be an expert in his field.
Frontend developers with the help of all their knowledge and skills try their best and make sure that the data displayed on to a browser looks similar to the designs on the paper. So basically designs play the most important role when it comes to web designing as the frontend developer works according to the designs provided to him to develop a website.
Once the design is provided to a frontend developer, he works on the markup languages and scripting languages needed for that design to be developed on to a browser and then works accordingly towards it. So a design any day provided the frontend developer with the basic and necessary idea and reduces his work load.
Christopher Alexander said: “Each pattern describes a problem which occurs over and over again in our environment, and then describes the core of the solution to that problem, in such a way that you can use this solution a million times over, without ever doing it the same way twice.”
So basically design patterns can be considered as the formal descriptions of the problems and at the same time provide their solutions aswell. A design provides the frontend developers with all the information regarding the problems that could occur during the development of that design and even provides with the solution for it which makes the entire process of web designing easy and fast or else the developers would have to look for the problems themselves and then try to correct or change it which would delay the entire process.
A frontend developer can be in a huge trouble if the design provided to him was designed by a designer with fewer skills in web designing. It is many a time that a design that looks good on paper doesn’t work in the preferred way when developed on to the web. So it is very important to make sure that designer who is designing the website should have an adequate amount of knowledge about web designing so that when the design is developed on to the browser by the frontend developer it doesn’t create any problem and works in the desired manner.
The frontend developers use these designs as a framework and then work according. Their main job is to hack some XSLT or HTML together so that they can link the documents of different types and develop the design on to a browser. But the work done by a frontend developer can be regarded as successful only if it passes the test of uncertainty. It is always considered that a web developer works in an environment which is very uncertain as because he isn’t aware of the fact how a user would react to it.
A frontend developer can work accordingly and develop a web which looks good to the naked eye and even works in the desired manner on his computer, but it can always create a hell lot of problems on the user’s computer if the user isn’t satisfied with what he has been provided with. The user can have such problems if he is using an outdated browser. A user can have problems if he uses an outdated video card or if he has set the font size to ‘very large’ or ‘very small’. This is where the design comes in; it provides the frontend developer with all the possible solutions for the things that are creating a problem for the user.
As everything through the entire process is interconnected and every one is dependent on the other person for his work and if anyone person goes wrong the entire process will go wrong. A frontend developer is always dependent on the designs provided by the web designers. So if the web designer goes wrong in what he does, the frontend developer will not be able to accomplish what he has been assigned for and the outcome won’t be the desired one.
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The above article is edited and written by the writers of WizKraft Media. They specialize in writing articles related to logo design, technology, wordpress, HTML and anything that is related to web media.