In the past, it was perfectly acceptable for someone to design a site or app in Photoshop and then hand it over to the Developers to slice it up and make it work.
Friends of the Internet, those days are now over.
If you want to make a living as a UX/Mobile/Web Designer you must add coding to your skill set. Don’t let that scare you though. If you haven’t tried coding, it’s not as engineering-nerd-heavy as it sounds. It’s like writing a screenplay — creative problem solving with some basic rules.
That’s why we created a credential to specifically take folks from zero to job-ready.
The great news is that once you add coding to your toolset, you’ll be even more valuable and sought after. I don’t think I’ve ever met a talented Designer who could code that didn’t have multiple job offers — and they all got paid really well.
If you’re a business owner or manager, teaching your Designers how to code will unlock their creativity and potential. Once they understand how to get their designs working, they’ll be able to make even better design decisions that are easier to implement in code. Your Designers will also spend less time explaining how their designs should function — they’ll simply build (and maintain!) the basic functionality themselves.
Once a Designer knows how to code, there is an unlimited number of creative possibilities. There are some great examples of what’s visually possible at CodePen.
Everyone can learn how to code — it just takes time and commitment. Once you get rolling, it’s a ton of fun too.