• Jake Lazaroff, 4 years ago

    There are a million different cross-disciplinary things that can benefit designers. Maybe they should study whatever they want.

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    • Bradley Ryan, 4 years ago

      Right on. Why phrase it as if they're mutually exclusive?

      Everyday I collaborate with data scientists, analysts, and researchers that help me understand the business impact and ramifications of my designs ... And I build hi-fi prototypes through code.

      Use whatever cross-disciplinary learnings that help you achieve your best designs.

      2 points
      • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

        Completely agree. We have the same format at Markit on Demand. Our designers are sharp as a whip, and a few of us do enjoy coding both prototypes and production-grade code in certain instances.

        I think as the disciplines of design and development keep evolving (and they will), separating concerns and roles makes our teams way more efficient and gives us opportunities to finesse the particular areas we're focused on, like prototyping.

        For those who are more business-savvy, let them be, and let them focus on that within their teams so they can influence the wireframers, visual designers, and prototypers/developers to make sure the product is exactly what the client asked for, not some cobbled together mess made by one person who's weaker in every area.

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