UI Design: Should Designers Code?
Why bother doing this though, when you could have just a few people wearing multiple hats? Clear separation of concerns, that’s why. The reason for having this many people is simple: you want to make sure that everyone is highly effective in their given role, and knows exactly what to do when the time comes. The bottom line Hybrid professionals are great, don’t get me wrong, and they do exist, but understand that the more a person takes on at once, the worse they’re going to perform overall, no different then a boat that’s overloaded trying to carry too much weight across an ocean. We wouldn’t blame that boat for sinking, we would blame the people that overloaded it. Stop blaming designers, developers, and product teams, and start placing the blame where it needs to be: a misunderstanding about the types of professionals that need to be hired to get the job done. So should designers code? After reviewing the preponderance of evidence, and speaking with hundreds of industry professionals to get a good feel, well-rounded view, our verdict is that designers should not be coding unless they absolutely have to, and if you don’t want to or don’t feel comfortable with taking it on, it’s more than alright to just say no. Nick Lawrence | designwalkthroughs.com