Do I (the designer) need to know how to code?
Designers vs Coding
“Do I need to know how to code?” is a question that comes up with sure-fire consistency in design circles. I’ve seen it asked by so many, from uncertain design students in classrooms worried about their chances of landing a job, to seasoned professionals at conferences seeing their pool of print projects slowly evaporate. The question is being asked with even greater frequency as of late, because Adobe has launched their product Muse, which promises designers the ability to “create unique websites without writing code.” So, if a designer wants to work on the web, should they take the time to learn this dastardly “code” or instead rely on software like Muse?
Great, short read. I absolutely agree. It’s the same as designing a logo without understanding PMS, or a brochure without understanding the printing/mechanical process. There’s a good chance you’ll design something non-functional or inefficient.
I know someone will say,
"hey but won’t that limit the creative design process or keep me thinking in the box?"
No. This knowledge will simply help you understand the challenges ahead and only help to strengthen/craft your designs if you decide to break convention or come up with something really creative. It will also help you sell your concepts better to code-weary developers whose immediate response will be “no, we can’t do that” if you don’t have some sort of knowledge to back up your rationale. It’s all on you.
Just saying. I think everyone can benefit from knowing a little css/html. Really do check out that Don’t Fear the Internet site. It will give you all the tools you know if your concerned about learning this stuff. It’s really easy once you learn the basics.