The digital world was built, pixel by pixel, by designers and coders. Designers come up with the graphics and layout and the coders put it together and make it work. Things have worked like this for ages, until now. Recently there have been more and more designers learning to code, everything from CSS to PHP. Is this new breed of hybrids the future of the digital sphere or are they just a bunch of wanna be coders?
I’ve heard many designers say that a designer who knows how to code will always be more sought after than one who doesn’t. Numerous others believe the opposite, that specialisation in a certain area of design or development is a more effective way to go. So, is it better to be a designer/coder hybrid or a specialist in a certain area? Let’s look at this issue from a few different angles.
My personal story
I recently designed my own portfolio website and in doing so I really needed to have a think about my skill set and interests to define what job role I fit into best. I enjoy both design and coding and like the variety and flexibility gained in knowing a bit of both. So I decided to label myself as a designer/coder hybrid and received great feedback on my website. I liked being able to build my site in its entirety which also saved me the hassle of outsourcing the coding component. So in my case knowing a bit of code went a long way.
Jack of all trades, master of none
Right brain, left brain, both brain?
Designers and coders are generally two very different types of people. Right brain designers are known to love colours, typography, layout and pretty pictures while left brain coders are more into logic, problem solving and making stuff work. So how could one person be both? Furthermore, how could one person be good at both? What do you think?
My two cents
I’m sure you all have your own opinions too and I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Please also let me know whether you are a designer, a coder or a bit of both. Thanks.
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