For a long time, the design industry has shared many hot takes on whether designers should learn to code or not. To me, this is a pretty silly debate. Should a contractor do electrical and plumbing? Should an athlete play more than one sport? Should musicians play and sing? Should singers sing and dance? Yes? No? Maybe? It depends!
Okay, those might not have been the best analogies, but here is one: should designers write? Perhaps — if it helps them get a point across.
But I get it. There are a lot of designers out there who have never…
In Figma, using defined styles (colors, type, effects, etc.) early and throughout a design project can have a lot of positive impact on your efficiency and output. I’m not necessarily here to sell you on using styles in Figma, but I would like to show you how to take a somewhat tedious process—setting up all the styles for a basic color system—and speed it up.
This really is a simple process, but some of the steps require a fair amount of explanation. So, I wanted to include a brief TL;DR for those who don’t need all the additional detail.
This year Apple gave us SwiftUI—a new, intuitive, framework for building native user-interfaces. Will this usher in a whole new era of code-writing front-end designers who craft native experiences — the same way CSS3 did for web designers in the early 2000s? Let’s explore this idea.
About a bajillion years ago, when I first started designing for screens — it was for the web — and it was when the web was viewed, almost entirely, on large desktop monitors. …