Graphic Design vs. Web Design: Which Career is Right for You?

Are you naturally creative? Do you have a knack for thinking outside the box? Do your friends often come to you for tips on color palettes or accessorizing outfits?

If so, working in the design industry may be one way to turn your imagination and originality into a career. Because what could be better than earning a paycheck for something you’re already passionate about?

There are many specialties that fall under the umbrella of the design industry. For example, a fashion designer is different from a textile designer, which are both very different from an interior designer.

While they all share similarities, there are distinct differences in these fields. Understanding these distinctions is an important part of determining what type of career you’d like to pursue.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to combine your love of technology with your passion for design, you’ll probably find yourself faced with a tough choice: graphic design versus web design.

It’s important to have a comprehensive understanding of each field in order to determine which best suits you and your personality. Conducting a little extra research now can help prepare you for success in the long run.

We created an infographic that outlines these two common—and commonly misunderstood—career paths.

Graphic Design vs Web Design

Graphic design vs. web design: The choice is yours

So after comparing graphic design versus web design on multiple levels, you should have a better idea of the field in which you’re better suited. Once you decide which creative path you’re interested in traveling, take a moment to learn more about the education that can jumpstart your journey.


EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in July 2013. It has since been updated to reflect information relevant to 2017.

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