“Should designers code” is too nebulous to be debated.
Christina Wodtke
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When this topic comes up, we also sometimes fail to specify what type of designers we’re talking about. Graphic designers? Interactive designers? “Full-stack” designers? Identity designers?

For instance, my work involves brand identity design, corporate web design, illustration, and graphic design.

I’ve become a better teammate by understanding the basic limitations of CSS and HTML, but I know that learning to code as well as my developer counterparts would ultimately force me to spend less time on sharpening my skills as a designer and artist, a trade-off I’m not willing to make.

For designers with the inclination to learn to code, I don’t doubt that doing so would be worth their time, even if only for the cognitive benefits and personal satisfaction. But I sure am glad that we’re taking the time to sort through the nuances of this previously ubiquitous “advice” that all designers should code.

In other words….to each his own! ;-)

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