Should Designers Learn How To Code? My Journey (Part 1)
About a month ago, as I was listening to the Design Life podcast, Charli Marie and Femke VS were talking about the current controversy / debate over whether web designers should code. Femke said she barely knew how to code and worked with a web developer. Charli felt it was beneficial to increase her coding skills. As these two female designers chatted on, I had a sudden feeling of nervousness. Have I just wasted two years of my life learning a skill that may not have been necessary? swirled through my brain. The inner monologue of second guessing continued festering until I realized why: my previous art style became irrelevant. THAT’s why I decided to learn how to code.
Using the airbrush tool in Photoshop was my go to in producing artwork for print and the web. However, hoping from site to site, I painfully noticed my computer screen was littered with flat icons and Bootstrap inspired layouts. Realistic (even semi-realistic) art wasn’t welcomed anymore. So? What do I do? While talking with a creative director things slowly became much clearer in what I had to do. In May of 2015, after attending a few Noble Desktop seminars in Downtown Manhattan, after buying a few of their workbooks, I took a deep breath and began my quest in learning how to code.
DevTips is a YouTube channel that helps designers get a front row seat in how modern web design and development work. Terms like Sass, SVG, Sublime Text, Git and Terminal were as foreign to me as Astrophysics. As you (hopefully) click the link and check out those DevTips videos, next week I will continue my non-linear journey into why I decided to learn coding and start with the one thing that changed my web design creation most of all: SVG.