Web design is the skill of designing presentations of content
(usually hypertext or hypermedia) that is delivered to an end-user
through the World Wide Web, by way of a Web browser or other
Web-enabled software like Internet television clients, micro blogging
clients and RSS readers.
Web design can incorporate the actual designing of a web page and
the design of the graphics for a web page. These can often overlap or
remain separate roles.
A web designer in their purest form will design websites, this will
include the accessibility and usability of the website ensuring it is
W3C compliant as well as the aesthetic design of the web site which
will require graphic design skills. A web designer will possess
Flash as the basics.
A web designer could be classed as a graphic design purely for the
web. In this case, coding skills such as HTML and CSS will not be
included in their remit. A focus will therefore be on design ideas and
the visual appearance of the website. As a graphic designer for the web
you will have more empathy with a site's compatibility within a web
environment and the site's front-end interaction with its backend