Why developers should learn design skills to create great Software
Hello, I am Sagar, a developer and a designer who loves coding and design. Before then I loved coding and used to develop applications and do competitive programming, Then suddenly I started learning to design, I mean UI/UX design.
As a developer, we may think that Software development is all about writing code fixing bugs managing servers and drinking coffee all the time but we don’t know that it also involves graphic design, creativity, understanding of users and passion. These days I judge a software its design other than its functionality that’s why I use hackerrank for practice coding other than CodeChef. Nowadays billions of apps are published in a day so to stand out from the crowd requires investment in its design and user engagement as well. These days I am very happy that by having design and developing skills I can design and develop my applications without even paying someone else for it.
If you’re a developer let me tell you the advantages of learning how to design.
I believe that a designer is more powerful than a developer because a developer builds software that is designed by a designer. This keeps a developer away from making decisions over types of functionality to include in a particular software or to place a button or other elements in an application. If you know how to do both design and development you become a more powerful person and a team player. You get more control over the look and feel of the product. I mean to have more control over the overall feel of the product than I get with a designer working separately on the screens. Sometimes that collaboration between the designer and a developer just does not work out, that is when those design skills come in handy.
We can also save time by doing changes on our own, Rather than conveying what we want to a designer and getting it done because what you think is not fully conveyed to the designer so easily and there are those small almost regular changes which we call improvements. If we do these on our own we can save a ton of time.
I also believe that creativity in design boosts creativity in development. And you acquire this new kind of brain upgrade where you learn from things around you and apply those to your designs. You are improving your product enormously. And that sensory and brain upgrade gives you a new perspective about things, especially user interaction and experience.
If you’re a student you may like to work on the whole project on your own. All of us believe more in ourselves than we do in others. At least I do, that is why I learned front end when doing backend web development.
Learning design also helps in understanding users and applying that to design. Get out of your building grill and learn what they want. Design thinking helps you understand your user’s interaction and experience with your application and concept. This along with design gives you enormous power to build something that your users truly need as well as desire.
It becomes handier when creating a portfolio or blogs it requires presenting your project in an image or a short video. And lastly, Design and development go hand in hand.
Aim to be a unicorn! You are meant to shine apart from the crowd.
I am learning design principles and graphic design and I am sharing my design works on different platforms. Check out my designs on dribbble or pinterest. Take your first step on learning design and share it with me.
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