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I learned to code so I could effectively implement stuff I designed, to make it real in the way I intended. Over time, that had the added benefit of being able to communicate design to developers in terms they understand.
I consider myself a full-time designer who knows how to code, but only in emergency situations (I currently work with really good developers).
The way I learned is to design and build something for yourself, preferably a mobile app or web site you’ll use daily. Design, build and grow new dev skills as you iterate. Good luck!
Agreed. I wasn't sure what to make of the feature at first, but after using it for a day, it's proven way more powerful and cooler than I expected. Kudos to Figma for how they implemented this feature.
I was going to post a response myself, but Jamie nailed it perfectly. The cost of designing the wrong thing can be quite high. Good UX research reduces that risk.
Yes, that's what we challenge our junior designers to do. We try not to pigeon-hole them into specific career paths. For example, we have a person who would be typically classified as a visual designer, but also enjoys industrial product design and 3-D modeling/prototyping. If that's the career path that person desires, we totally let them pursue it.
I don’t tell them. They tell me.
I tell the designers on our team that you can have whatever title you want on your business card or LinkedIn profile. At the end of the day, though, you're just a designer. No need to sweat the specifics.
In Basecamp's defense, they're a small, well-managed company, so they get a lot of responses when a design position opens up. They're not requiring anyone to make a video or do anything special when applying. That said, their process makes it easier to find applicants passionate enough about the company and creative enough to make their application stand out. Is that really bad practice?
I had occasional performance issues a while back (the app cranked up the fans on the MBP) but it seems to be much better since then. Fired it up today with no lag at all on a 2015 MBP.
Dan, I’m in a similar situation: I commute (via bus) to work and online connectivity lasts for 10-15 seconds at most. I do not use Figma during that time while offline, but I’ll do a lot of paper sketching so that when I get into the office, I can fire up Figma and convert the sketches to wires. I actually prefer this workflow because it prevents me from staring at a screen the whole time I’m traveling.
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