Opinion: Why Designers should learn how to code

In the last 6 months I’ve had quite some contact with web agencies in the Netherlands, even some (mostly self-pronounced) leading web agencies. I was surprised to hear that most of the designers at those web agencies don’t (know how to) code their visual designs.

Web/visual/digital/UX designers in the Netherlands seem to use Sketch, Figma, InVision, Adobe XD, Photoshop, etc. to create the artwork (e.g. components) for a website. Once there was an period where there was much resistance against PSD2HTML, but imho we now have entered a new era of Sketch2HTML. It seems we haven’t learned much from this period .. 😥

If you truly want to think ‘out of the box’ as a designer, you should consider to learn how to code. There are really tons of good articles on the interwebs with great reasons why you -as a designer- should know how to code.

Here are some of those articles:

What is your (professional) opinion on this subject? Do you think designers should know how to code? If you think designers should learn to code, please show me some ‘love’ by giving me a recommendation for this post or chime in with my tweet below.

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