• Brett JonesBrett Jones, over 3 years ago

    I prefer it when a designer’s titles refers to what they design

    • User interface designer
    • Graphic designer
    • Product designer
    • Web designer

    Nobody—W3C contributors notwithstanding—designs front-end. It seems to conflate process and medium with industry and role responsibility. Architects don’t call themselves concrete designers. HTML, CSS and Javascript are technologies which are a means to an end, but they are not what we’re designing — we should never lose sight of that.

    A design process may be very different from one individual to the next. One may be more comfortable prototyping or designing directly in a browser, another may prefer to start off sketching on paper. But if what they’re designing is the same, the same title applies in my mind.

    3 points
    • Gabriel Sturk, over 3 years ago

      Yes to be honest, it was so easy a couple of years ago when I could say that I worked as a "web designer".

      0 points
  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, over 3 years ago

    Tangent ahead...

    Brad is a smart guy, but I disagree with a lot of his rhetoric about designing in the browser. Every time I've tried designing things in the browser, I end up with dull concepts.

    I think this is because when you start designing in the browser there is much more friction to getting your ideas out.

    It's much faster to iterate in Sketch—just duplicate the art board. Best of all, if you don't like the direction you're headed in, the original is right there. Go in another direction!

    3 points
    • Thomas Michael Semmler, over 3 years ago

      Hm... I don't know - to me its more a thing of convenience. Some things are just way more painful in sketch then in actual CSS. But of course many things are way quicker to do in sketch then in html/css.

      1 point
    • Steve SunderlandSteve Sunderland, over 3 years ago

      Just because it doesn't work for you, doesn't mean it can't work for others.

      4 points
    • Jimmy HookerJimmy Hooker, over 3 years ago

      I agree with this 100%. I feel like using dedicated design programs like Sketch or Photoshop use a different part of my brain than writing css/html/js. I am free to experiment and mess around a lot more in those programs than I am with css/html, where I'm focusing on syntax and logic more.

      I get the argument "these are all just tools, use the tool that works for you", but all of the really cool work that gets shown that's visually splashy and pushes the current trend forward (regardless of its functional components) seems to be done using dedicated programs, not designing from code.

      This, a 1000 times this:

      Every time I've tried designing things in the browser, I end up with dull concepts.

      1 point
  • Mike HeitzkeMike Heitzke, over 3 years ago

    We're always in search for a new label. This one feels like a bit of an exercise in futility when it comes to how expansive our industry has gotten. "They can probably do all of these things, but it depends on the individual"

    2 points