Ask DN: Should I learn to code?

over 7 years ago from Dan Wilkinson, Web Designer

  • Emmanuel HerreroEmmanuel Herrero, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I love design, coding, and learning new things so it was obvious to me that I needed to write better code. I don't think that's the case for everyone.

    Are you working with a large team? Are you working alongside a front-end developer? Are you a one-man shop?

    You might not need to learn code if you're not the developer., but there is incredible value in knowing how your designs can and will be implemented, or how your design might affect performance, productivity and budget.

    You can get away with not knowing how to code and I'm excited to see tools that improve the workflow of visual designers. It's also a matter of stretching yourself too thin: Do you want to be a great developer or a great designer? I don't think the two are exclusive, but that's what I ask myself way too often...

    If you're trying to be a one man shop, then I would agree with the resounding yes on this thread. There's something amazing about taking an idea from sketches to a production build.

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