Creating a website involves two main skills: design and development. In this episode we tackle the hot debate of designers and code; Should web designers be able to build the things they design, and is it okay if they can’t? We share our personal experiences with this issue and discuss assumptions people make about our abilities when we use the term ‘web designer’.
The design side and development side of a website are two separate skills and while some people enjoy doing both and offering the full package, it’s not necessary to do both to be a good designer. The more you focus on one specific skill, the better you will be at it.
While you don’t have to be able to write production-ready code, having a good basic understanding of it helps you speak the same language as the developer you work with, and helps you understand the limitations and possibilities in building your design.
You should learn the skills you’re interested in. Not every web designer needs to be able to code their own sites, and unless you want a job where you do both design and development you may be better off using your time to learn other things.
0:38 – Intro and catch up
4:20 – Can we code?
5:50 – Should we know how to code completely, or is having a basic understanding okay?
6:30 – What you need to learn is up to the individual and their situation
7:40 – Coding and career opportunities
9:30 – Understanding code to work better with developers and better understand the project scope
12:40 – Speaking the same language
15:17 – Listener poll
16:50 – Coding as a part of the design process
21:20 – Unicorns
24:20 – As web designers we don’t have to rely on code to explore code ideas
27:20 – Assuming designers can code and vice versa
33:50 – Development and design are two separate tasks
38:40 – Sometimes understanding the parameters can limit your creativity