Designer Life #8: Why Designer Should Learn Everything 📚🤓🖥

And how to complete your skill sets as a designer

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Designer life is a collection of learnings and stories based on real-life experiences of product designers. What is written may or may not resonate with you. Please take it with a grain of salt 🧂👌

Should designers learn how to code? I don’t know but I had 2 years of experience working as a Frontend Designer (mostly known as UI Engineer) and I know the terms also the do’s and don’ts. And that is a very useful advantage.

I often discuss and meeting with my apps team in my work. I got a lot of new knowledge about engineering and I realized that understand basic terms and structures allows me to effectively communicate with engineers and understand their decision.

With these two facts, I was thinking that learning everything outside design might be useful for us later on either to communicate with our teammate or to improve our design decisions and process.

Here are some learnings that I found useful for my daily design.

#1 Learn about engineering

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As written in Designer Life #5, speak the same language with engineers help us to have better communication with them. Because you are a team and you should work seamlessly with each other. Understand their job and challenges can help a lot. Here is some benefit that I get from learning about engineering:

  • More effective when communicating your design to engineers
  • Understand their code flow (how the app get data from API and so on) so you can consider tech things on your design decision

I can’t code. But at least I know how engineers code works. It’s really helpful.

#2 Learn about business

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Designer can make a better decision that benefits users and business. Plus if designer understands about engineering then UX sweet spot will be reached. User are still our first priority. But understanding business will make it easier to convince non-designer into user-centric ideas.

Other than that, in the end, it’s all about the money. So we have to be able to achieve the business goals while providing great user experience.

#3 Learn about writing

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Writing and I have become a love-hate relationship. Before publishing my first article, I got assistance from Briandito Priambodo, and the result is, I get quite a lot of revisions. Mostly grammar and structure. 😅

Someone said, that writing is a Designer’s unicorn skill and I extremely agree with this. Because writing is a part of a designer’s work. Here is some benefit that I get from learning to writing:

  • Writing forces you to think and UX Design requires thinking
  • Writing helps you to improve your communication skill and it’s very useful for your daily work
  • Writing and copy are connected to UX Design

Do more practice. You’ll never make a good one if you don’t start making a bad one.

Conclusion

Learning outside our field will be useful in any aspect of our life. Don’t stop to learn from anywhere and anyone. As always, I hope you got something from this article. If you have another something to learn that useful for designers life, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts below.

Designer life is a collection of learnings and stories based on real-life experiences of product designers. What is written may or may not resonate with you. Please take it with a grain of salt 🧂👌

https://www.muhraufan.com | Indonesian Product Designer

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