Recap: Fiber/Glass The Difference Between Print and Web Design
February 12, 2010 Emily Lewis
For our February 3 event, Ben Byrne discussed many of the things that set print and web design apart. If you were unable to attend or need a refresher, we've got you covered:
Ben's presentation was an excellent primer on the core differences between print and web design, namely:
- Tools: Be sure to use the right application for the right medium
- Color: Print can, and should be consistent. However, the web varies according to a range of factors, from monitors, to contrast, to gamma.
- Resolution: Print is typically 300dpi, while the web is usually 72dpi. That doesn't leave much room for cheating and using web graphics for print.
- Typography: The "font situation" on the web is pretty much crap. Technologies are emerging, but there are a myriad of issues that restrict broad font use on the web. In contrast, anything goes with fonts in print.
- Interactivity: Print isn't interactive the way the web is, so design for web shouldn't be identical to that for print. You must consider how people use a web site (navigation, search, etc.), how the web is dynamic (revisions are possible any time), and how you can customize content and experience for users.
Video of the presentation is available on Vimeo:
The slide deck is available on SlideShare: