Development is killing Design
Digital Craft

Are designers learning development as a means to a 12% pay increase, or because they want a better understanding of their medium? (Or both?)

I think one of the larger impediments to creativity and exploration in web design is the distinction between design and development, and in way forward is towards a fusion of design and development. It’s long been my position that a designer must understand his/her medium. In the case of the web, that doesn’t mean a designer must know how to write efficient JavaScript, but he/she should understand the broad strokes of the development process, and especially the technological constraints of the medium.