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Hi!

Well it seems obvious to me to know at least a little bit of PHP and/or ASP in order to develop a website.
There is not only the design part of it, but the functional part (process of forms, retrieve data from a database, etc).
You can always use CMS’s like joomla for instance and just create a web design for it but you should at least know how it works and be able to adapt the code if necessary.

Concerning the difference between HTLM and other languages, well, it depends which ones! ^^
(X)HTML is a front-end language that will be interpreted by the browser to render the visible content of the page. CSS is also a front-end language, it handles styles.
For instance, php is a back-end language, it will process information on the server side.

So you will definitely need php if you want to create a website from scratch.
Or you can find an associate that will do the programming and you will do the design.

Otherwise, you can only dedicate your work to web design (banners, logos, etc).

I am a bit in the opposite situation as you are. I am a developer and don’t know well about design (I’m a beginner). So, if you feel interested in exchanging experience, contact me 🙂

http://www.bbwebconsult.com

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Graphic design is a very competitive field, but you will have a huge advantage if you stick with the double major. The pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, hospitals, etc. are HUGE consumers of graphic design and marketing. They turn out an incredible amount of training and sales literature, and they look for (and pay generously) any designers who understand and can illustrate their products, medicine, and biology in general. So I think you would be smart to keep both if you can. Education is never a waste, and the medical training is definitely going to be a huge benefit to you later on down the line. You can tap a huge profitable market that’s closed to many other designers.

On a somewhat related note, designers are stereotyped as flakes sometimes. Having a science degree shows you have drive, focus and intelligence, and larger agencies will see that as a huge bonus when making a decision on who to hire.

Plus someday you may be completely burned out on design and want the stability that comes with working in medicine. It’s good to have that option.

I’ve been a designer / prepress tech for 15 years and I’ve worked with GSK, Pfizer, Wyeth Labs, and many others over the years, so I have some insight into this stuff.


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Graphic design can be hard, yes. If you’re working commercially, there will always be projects that you don’t get a “feel” for. It can also be incredibly fun, as it’s one of those jobs you can really enjoy.

Schools usually expect some previous art experience in high school, but it isn’t mandatory to making graphic design your major. You’ll be taking a lot of art classes, and if you’re planning on going into web design, you’ll be taking a lot of computer classes, as well, along with marketing and core classes.

Graphic designers can mean web design, package design, poster design, advertisement design, etc. There are many different facets of design that you can specialize in.

However, a fair warning, the graphic design job market is incredibly saturated. A lot of people who go to school for graphic design end up with a job that doesn’t utilize their degree or experience in the field.


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Graphic Design is a broad field while advertising design is concerned with advertising. This may involve the use of graphic design in the creation of an advertisement. Just as in web design, graphic design would play a part for creating websites.

Also keep in mind, there will be aspects in advertising design that go into other areas besides graphic design just as it happens when creating websites.

There are many avenues open for graphic designers, advertising as you mentioned above is one of them, web design is another, print design is yet another area and there are many others.


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