Should Web-Designers Know How to Code?
Noa Kressel
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Good to see you around :) I tend to agree with all your points. I do think though, and this I think is not a popular opinion, that it is much easier to teach a dev to design things properly, than to teach a designer to code properly. As a lecturer, explaining design rationale all day to students, I strongly believe that it’s getting easier and easier for non-designers to make ok-level designs. They will probably not reinvent the design field and will not push the boundaries of design — but it’s irrelevant for the majority of startups and companies anyway, who struggle way more with the UX and business model of their products more than anything else. Maybe the solution is not bringing designers closer to the code, but making dev’s more empathic to the design field. And I’m not the first to go in that direction, Mark Kawano, senior designer at Apple for seven years, was asked why and how apple products feel better designed than their competitors. His answer was: “I think the biggest misconception is this belief that the reason Apple products turn out to be designed better, and have a better user experience, or are sexier, or whatever . . . is that they have the best design team in the world, or the best process in the world…
 It’s actually the engineering culture, and the way the organization is structured to appreciate and support design. Everybody there is thinking about UX and design, not just the designers. And that’s what makes everything about the product so much better . . . much more than any individual designer or design team.”

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