Should coders design?
We need more courses to support such endeavours. If you want to start to design, it is much harder in my opinion.
Good on this guy for putting the work in to progress his design skills. Of course, the road to mastery stretches out ahead:
- A book on grids is part of any visual design education. Grid Systems in Graphic Design is one of the starter books. There are some super basic errors in alignment here.
- Attention needs to be paid to contrast, both as a visual design concern and an accessibility problem. Some of the text is almost illegible at normal viewing distances with perfect vision.
- Gradients should be employed artfully and to accomplish a purpose.
- The Day 11 notifications are partially obscuring essential navigation.
- While a lot of attention has been paid to individual elements, some of the overall compositions appear almost random. Perhaps the biggest opportunity for improvement here is to learn about visual hierarchy, layout, gestalt, and generally how the brain processes visual information. The Design of Everyday Things is a great introduction to user psychology, here's a resource for visual hierarchy, and the squint test is a great tool.
- The danger in having favorite typefaces is that we're tempted to apply them to everything, regardless of whether they apply or speak the content effectively. The Elements of Typographic Style is a good foundational text for what should be a long and fruitful exploration into the subject of typography.
I am guilty of this as well– many designers have a sort of superiority complex around developers. Most designers aren't great developers so we assume that most developers are not great designers. It's an unfair and un-inclusive assumption that makes us look like ivory tower types.
I think it's less that and more that they are literally different tool sets, and designers are often, in the context of this site, hybrid front end coders designers, vs like a person who can only do visual design, and specializes on printing/ branding. While the design done here is important, the term is too loose. I wouldn't feel comfortable seeing this and then asking the person who made the article to say design an ad campaign or execute a visual design from a branding brainstorming session.
The word design simply may not be efficient anymore and leads to a lot of disconnects, because when it comes to engineers vs full time visual vs full time UX designers theres some overlap and each excels at a different point in the process.
If anyone asserts that coders don't have a knack for design and visual arts, direct them to the demo scene, show them what game developers and seasoned 3D graphics programmers leisurely do in their own time.