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WEB DESIGNERS: NURTURING THE PLANTS OF THE DIGITAL WORLD

By
Muhammad Amirul Abdillah (140221601947)

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
FACULTY OF LETTERS
STATE UNIVERSITY OF MALANG
MALANG
2014

PREFACE
This paper shows who web designers are and what they do. It presents how web
designers are having fundamental and important roles in the development of the
digital world. This paper is primarily addressed to readers who have concerns in the
development

of

digital

world

and

era.

Grateful acknowledgment is here made to those who helped this researcher


gather data for this paper, especially Allah SWT. This work would not have reached
its present form without their invaluable help.
This paper will not be free of mistakes and limited sources and arguments.
Because of that, helpful critics and constructing opinions are expected by the writer.

INTRODUCTION
Since the first time the Internet was invented, it has been taking an important
role in our life. We cannot deny that Internet sophisticates our life and certainly
boosts the development of information and communication technology. A major
significance has been made by Internet could be clearly seen, such as the way we
communicate to each other, the way we trade, buy, and sell something, and also the
way we learn and play something which we concern. Internet somehow creates a
forum which we can debate in it. Positive and negative opinions emerge from it.
However, Internet has been relatively simplifying our life.
One of big changes that has been caused by Internet is we need a website to
communicate. The Free Dictionary defines a website as a set of interconnected web
pages, usually including a homepage, generally located on the same server, and
prepared and maintained as a collection of information by a person, group, or
organization. A website has so many functions, it depends on the person who created
it. It can be a source of news which contains usual information, a portfolio, a personal
gallery, or it can be a virtual market.
A website is like a building. We need a full preparation to make it. We have to
decide what we are going to do with it, whether it will be a simple white house, or a
million-dollar-cost skyscraper building. We have to know what materials we need,
whether it is the cheaper one or the costly one. The person who will be going to have
a building surely has a preference of the architecture. Perhaps he or she likes the
vintage architecture or the modern one. That is why that person needs an architect
who is able to fulfill his requirements to build the building he or she dreams of. The
architect of a website is called a web designer.
Web designers have really a fundamental role in creating websites. They have
to master some subjects of science. Web designers are expected to master not only
just information technology things, but also management, marketing, linguistics, and
psychology. Web designers usually do have a good spatial intelligence. Why do web
designers need all thing that have been mentioned? What web designers face is

diverse customers. They have different social and economic backgrounds. To fulfill
these customers requirements and expectations, web designers have to deal with
many different things. So that they can cover that supply and demand gap. In this
paper, we are going to discuss about who web designers are and what they do.
METHODOLOGY
The method of research of this paper is library research. This research has
goals to collect data, and information with helps from various references material
(articles, books, and other references).
According to Zed (2008) in Kamilin (2013: 5) library research is a collective
research of library data gathering, reading, noting, and processing research materials.
From the result towards library research materials, we will obtain a conclusion.
In accordance with the used method of research, the data collecting technique
which is used in this research is the documentary method. According to Arikunto
(2002) in Syahida (2014: 7) documentary method is a finding-data activity related to
books, newspapers, magazines, notes, and so on.
The writer tries to collect some information which is related to this theme of
paper from reliable online sources. So that the readers can compare and correct this
paper soon when there is a mistake in it.

DISCUSSION
In this modern era, somehow we cannot separate ourselves from the existence
of technology. Technology is like a usual thing which can bring out two aspects, the
positive one and negative one. Technology, at the first time, didnt appear as
sophisticated as we can see now, but it has been developing. Technology, as written in
Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (The Great Dictionary of the Indonesian Language),
is whole things that can facilitate and ease human beings, to support and make their
lives easier and more comfortable. However, when we talk about technology, people
seem to refer to Internet and Communication Technology.
Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) is relatively addictive. ICT
makes our lives dependant to it. ICT develops and triggers new innovations to our
lives. One of those innovations is the Internet. Internet was born and designated by
ICT. Internet was introduced firstly by .C.R. Licklider from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. He initially constructed Internet for facilitating and simplifying him and
other people in the world in accessing data globally. For several years, Internet has
been facilitating our daily lives sophisticating our needs. Because of that reason,
Internet has various functions, such as actual data, information and news trading,
digital library, communication media, virtual market, promoting and publishing
facility, and so on. To do activities what we have mentioned above, we need a place
or a forum. That place is called as a website.
The Free Dictionary defines a website as a set of interconnected web pages,
usually including a homepage, generally located on the same server, and prepared and
maintained as a collection of information by a person, group, or organization. The
purpose of a website depends on who owns it. If the owner is a designer, he or she
will probably make the website as a personal portfolio, so that other people can see
and appreciate their works. If the owner is a seller, he or she will probably make the
website as an online shop, so that people in other hemisphere of the world can easily
buy what he sells. In other words, a website really facilitates and eases them in doing

something they like or they are concerned about. However, people often see a website
as an ordinary thing. Most of them dont care that a website is really important and
dont care of the aesthetic of a website. In fact, a website needs a combination among
aesthetic, function, and performance. So, building a website is something to be
concerned about. In this case, a builder of a website is called a web designer.
A website is like a building. We need a full preparation to make it. We have to
decide what we are going to do with it, whether it will be a simple white house, or a
million-dollar-cost skyscraper building. We have to know what materials we need,
whether it is the cheaper one or the costly one. The person who will be going to have
a building surely has a preference of the architecture. Perhaps he or she likes the
vintage architecture or the modern one. That is why that person needs an architect
who is able to fulfill his requirements to build the building he or she dreams of. The
architect of a website is called a web designer.
Web designers have really a fundamental role in creating websites. They have
to master some subjects of science. Web designers are expected to master not only
just information technology things, but also management, marketing, linguistics, and
psychology. Web designers usually do have a good spatial intelligence. Why do web
designers need all thing that have been mentioned? What web designers face is
diverse customers. They have different social and economic backgrounds. To fulfill
these customers requirements and expectations, web designers have to deal with
many different things. So that they can cover that supply and demand gap.
Web designers, if we can say, are nurturing the plants of the digital world. A
website is like a seed of plant. We need to maintain and take care of it. Most of people
only care about the visual appearance of a website. In fact, behind a beautiful website
lies a great foundation. Also, behind a great foundation, there is an awesome
architecture, called web designer, who build it. As we know, nurturing plants needs
many thing. We need water, artificial nutrients, planting media, and fertilizer. These
things are what webdesigners need to have and master
If we can find what we are looking for fast and simply, it means the website
has been designed well, with good functions and performance. And usability is made

of a sum of characteristics which make the navigation of the users really easy to
maintain and take care of when they enter a website.
The design of a website is really we need to prioritize because it affects how
fast users and visitors can obtain and gain what things or information they are looking
for. If it is hard or confusing, the visitor will leave and try on another site - and that is
a lost opportunity. A great design will be easy to understand and navigate, helping
potential customers find what they need and taking you one step closer to making a
sale or getting in touch.
One thing should be standing out: a website has to be good-looking. How
ever, it is fundamentally crucial to keep performance in mind and not sacrifice it just
for the sake of appearance. The design should lead the eye from what is most
important to secondary items; this can be finished with space and typography.
Images and colors can be used for calls to action. Therefore, a professional, modern
look can immediately construct trust. The possibilities are endless but what web
designers build will create trust and guide visitors to take a choice and preference.

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