• Benjamin Berger, almost 5 years ago

    Personally, I'm not opposed to code and I've coded my portfolio or small websites for clients when I was freelancing. But here are a few things that keeps me away from coding: - I never got a proper education to code. I had HTML / CSS class in my design school but never learnt JS and programming, which has always felt like such a big thing to learn by myself.

    • Code stack is always changing so even though I know how to write HTML/CSS, I missed the LASS/SASS train and so many others, because I was busy doing something else. And once again, it just feels like so many big things to learn by myself that I just don't bother.

    • I've been mainly working in big companies and coding is not my job. Yes it's important to understand the medium, but it might not be important to understand all the aspects of developing an app. The same way the developer I work with don't bother learning every aspects of graphic design / cognitive biases / user research methodology / workshop facilitation / UX metrics / Experimentation / etc. Because it's not their job.

    • With all those reasons, I have absolutely no confidence in my coding skills for company level work. So I mainly stay away from it and it gives me free time to actually focus on learning design and improving my skills.

    Hope that helps you understand another point of view :)

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    • Olivier FOlivier F, almost 5 years ago

      Yes that does help, thank-you. Designers focusing on design, not code, is sensible given the complexities of real-world code.

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