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Designers: Learn To Code! Here’s How To Start

29/05/2013

When you start experimenting with code, you find that the new tool helps you do your job better. Just think of it like getting (...)
When you start experimenting with code, you find that the new tool helps you do your job better. Just think of it like getting punched in the face for the first time--once it happens, you realize it’s not that bad. A friend, formerly a competitive fighter, once asked me: “Have you ever been punched in the face?” He and I were about to get in a bar fight. He needed to know if I could handle myself: Apparently, the fear of getting punched in the face holds you back from being effective in a fight. But once you’ve been punched in the face, you realize it’s not so bad--it’s easy to fling yourself into a fight without hesitating. Similarly, learning how to code can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. But whatever you don’t know is bound to hold you back from learning. I’ve been hearing for years that designers need to learn to code. At first I thought I’d just end up doing two jobs instead of one. But the better I get at coding, the more I understand how connected they are. As a designer in the digital spectrum, you realize that your very work--your material, which exists in the world--is code. How can you design something if you don’t know how it works? So, designers, step into the ring.Read Full Story     When you start experimenting with code, you find that the new tool helps you do your job better. Just think of it like getting punched in the face for the first time--once it happens, you realize it’s not that bad. A friend, formerly a competitive fighter, once asked me: “Have you ever been punched in the face?” He and I were about to get in a bar fight. He needed to know if I could handle myself: Apparently, the fear of getting punched in the face holds you back from being effective in a fight. But once you’ve been punched in the face, you realize it’s not so bad--it’s easy to fling yourself into a fight without hesitating. Similarly, learning how to code can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. But whatever you don’t know is bound to hold you back from learning. I’ve been hearing for years that designers need to learn to code. At first I thought I’d just end up doing two jobs instead of one. But the better I get at coding, the more I understand how connected they are. As a designer in the digital spectrum, you realize that your very work--your material, which exists in the world--is code. How can you design something if you don’t know how it works? So, designers, step into the ring.Read Full Story    
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