Why Designers Should Code (But Shouldn't Push Code to Production)(jlzych.com)

almost 6 years ago from Jeff Zych, Head of Product Design at LaunchDarkly

  • Bevan StephensBevan Stephens, almost 6 years ago

    It's always frustrating to see dogmatic absolute, do/don't rules in article headlines, but...

    This does apply to my experience. As the only designer in my company, I'm a design that is as comfortable writing scss as I am sketching, or interviewing users.

    But I don't find it a good use of my time to make sure my code is optimised for maintainability, scaleability and in keeping with company coding conventions.

    Not that I don't always try to do these things, but an experienced developer who works in code 100% of the time would be much placed to take on this kind of task.

    Freeing up more of my time to design.

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    • Cecil Lancaster, almost 6 years ago

      I identify with you and what you say here. What kind of place do you work at? Just curious.

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    • Jeff Zych, almost 6 years ago

      Yeah when you're the only designer at a company that doesn't have UI engineers then you'll pretty much have to write code. But hopefully you can hire a full time frontend developer soon!

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