Why Designers Should Learn to Code
By now, you’ve heard all the jazz recently about how learning to code can make your life easier. But the real question is how? This is a particularly easy thing to explain for designers. As a graphic designer, your job often requires you to create beautiful, functional assets that companies or individuals can use and display. Now that the world has become increasingly web-oriented, you often find yourself creating assets that will ultimately end up going on websites. Heck, you probably are even designing those sites yourself.
Now let’s go into the empirical data as to why this skill is valuable. To build out a basic website, a developer may charge anywhere between $2,000 – $5,000. We’re talking very basic, with not a lot of backend database functionality. Developers can typically bill double the amount of a graphic designer for a normal consulting rate. If you could both design and now build a basic site like a developer, your value could increase significantly—further establishing more interest in the services you offer. As as result, you might no longer be dependent upon a developer anymore, and instead become a one-stop-shop for basic web design and development.
Perhaps, the most valuable asset you will gain from studying code is akin to learning a new language. You will also be able to communicate your wishes and desires more clearly to a developer. You will be more aware of the possibilities that exist and be able to push your design further to help separate your from all the templates that are out there. An understanding of the frame work of a website may also help you distinguish between a developer taking short-cuts and one of quality to partner with.
Ravi Parikh is co-founder of MakerSquare.
Join us this Monday, August 11th at 6:30pm for the MakerSquare Meetup. RSVP here.
MakerSquare is a school that focuses on teaching software engineering principles. They offer a part time Front End Web Development Course that will begin September 9th. The course will last for 10 weeks and take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm at Start Houston. The goal of the course is to teach people to take their mockups to code. For more info click here.