What is ‘pixel perfect’?

Are you running an online business of your own? Then you may have already heard of the term ‘Pixel Perfect Design’, but you may not be clear about what it really means and how important it is for your business’s success. Through this article, we will try to make you better understand the actual meaning of pixel-perfect design and the kind of importance it holds for your business.


From the name, it becomes evident that the job of developers is to make a website “perfect”. Developers may not care about keeping proper space between the title and the component. But from the designers’ point of view, it is tremendously important. They deliberately create the best space between two points so as to enable users to use the perfect website and let them navigate it with ease.

UI designers do their best to create interfaces that are easy to perceive and interact with. It is the developer’s professional duty to respect the designer’s work and implement the interface exactly as delivered. With non-pixel-perfect apps, users aren’t likely to experience any significant issues that will prevent them from using and enjoying the app, but pixel-perfect apps definitely look sharper, cleaner, and more consistent.


Pixel perfect web development means “coding a website to match the web designs pixel by pixel”. In reality, this is achievable only for a fixed set of screen resolutions, so the general meaning of the term is “web development that follows the web designer’s intent perfectly”. Pixel perfect has been widely criticized as a concept because it sets an impossible standard for responsive development. What looks just like the designs on one screen or device may look different on another. But it’s still a useful term to express that you expect a perfect result from your web developer, so it’s better to explore the implications of it than to abandon it. Design grids and CSS frameworks help to set standards for responsiveness, but a lot is still left to the developers’ judgment when setting up responsive behavior.


Nobody is asking for things to look the same under a magnifying glass. Mostly, designers want the implementation to look near-identical to the naked eye, and to have obvious misalignments and loosey-goosey spacings tightened. The point is it’s not about getting 100% pixel-perfect, it’s more about getting it as close as 100% to pixel-perfect.