I consider myself a website designer rather than a front end developer who happens to know more than my fair share about wordpress, dotnetnuke and magento for what I consider to be my role. I enjoy doing the pretty stuff like photoshop,css and turning them all into websites that work. I dont mind coding them into CMS systems and am happy to go with whatever cms comes my way and tend to pick them up pretty quickly.
Question is: What differentiates a web designer from a developer and just how important is it that I take on the mighty jquery for my role and what would be the quickest way to learn it.
That could open a tin of worms! The designer/developer thing has been discussed many time in the past, and there are a few different viewpoints as to what is what, trouble is no-one is really right or wrong, it’s similar the “what is art?” question.
In recent years web design and development has has become a set of specialist roles including (a very broad/simplistic description):
UI designers (User Interface, ie how a button is designed)
UX designers (User Experience. ie how the button behaves when the visitor uses it)
Front end developers (HTML/CSS/JS, ie creating the button and functions using HTML, CSS and JS)
Backend developers/Programmers (PHP, ASP, Databases, make the site do stuff when the button is clicked)
Content and marketing (writing copy and promoting the site so people click the button)
… to name a few.