Should UX Designers Code?

Should UX Designers Code?

What’s up guys in today’s video what
we’re gonna do is talk about weather UX designers should code or not. And we’re
going to talk about the pros and the cons of being a UX designer and being
able to code. Enjoy! So the reason I wanted to make this video is because I
met up with a couple of people yesterday. And one of them asked me as a UX
designer what were my thoughts on weather UX designers should code or not.
Is it helpful? Is it useful? and what I basically said was I think it’s helpful
but I don’t think it’s necessary. So let’s take a look at the pros and the
cons of knowing what web development being able to code as UX designer. And
when we talk about code we can mean anything from front-end development to
back-end development to DevOps so let’s take a look at what the advantages and
the disadvantages are of being able to code as a UX designer. So the first
advantage is that if you can code you are able to understand what is possible
from a technical perspective. And understanding this is a positive thing
because it allows you to approach the entire project, the entire process and
the different disciplines within the project in a much more holistic way.
Essentially if you understand design and you understand development and the more
you know the better the final product is going to be. Because you understand how
those two areas connect and relate to each other. So being able to code also
allows you to understand what is not possible, and every project is different
every product is different but essentially if you understand what the
technical constraints are of a project and it allows you to work towards a much
more realistic a much more buildable solution when you’re in the design
process of the project. It’s also going to result in much less friction at the
interchange of design and development. Because essentially you’ve thought ahead
you’ve understood the constraints you’ve understood the restrictions and you’ve
worked towards a solution with that stuff in mind already. So it’s a slightly
counter out what I’ve just said I’m actually not going to make the Arg
for why there are disadvantages for being able to code because I don’t think
there are any but I will make the argument for why I think it’s actually
not necessary and the reason I think it’s not necessary is because as a UX
practitioner your real goal is to understand your users and to create the
right evidence-based solutions for them. And therefore understanding what is or
isn’t possible from a technical standpoint isn’t as important as
understanding those users and creating that right solution. That’s a secondary
problem your primary problem is to discover the right solutions for the
right people and therefore understanding what is or isn’t possible for a
technical standpoint is not as important as that. It’s quite an old argument
should designers code should UX practitioners code that’s an interesting
argument to make if you’ve got any comments or any thoughts leave them in
the video below and as always don’t forget to subscribe to my channel new
video coming every single week. See you next time!


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    Shafqat Mehmood

    I strongly believe that UX designers should not focus on learning the code at all. Yes they should know general stuff for a holistic approach but never should be made to learn or expected to know all the technical coding. As a UX practitioner, our job is to understand and define the problem, it should not be hindered by technology coming in the way and changing the focus. Let the developers do their job and UX designers should do user centred design. Otherwise it will be jack of all trades and master of none!

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    sangha force

    not an expert view but this coding work push upon ux/ui designer in the industry is just so irritating and is mostly around web development , what about non-web native mobile apps in which design guidelines are to be strictly followed unlike infinite wild web , instrument clusters , in car dash , HMI written in c++ are almost whole different stories that do involve ux besides many prototyping tools available in the market

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    Man Ni

    As a UX designer… I am asked to be a full stack designer… Surely the hourly rate goes up? Yes or No? BTW… I have subscribed. Great video!

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    Floating Orb

    I dont think they should have to know code. I do print & web graphics myself and I can write basic applications in Java, python, javascript, android studio, and if I were working with a designer to make beatiful, powerful , engaging designs, id want them to dedicate all of their creative energy to that interface and not be bored outta their brains with the code crap. Lets face it, code is neat, but its also a massive buzzkill for those with the talent for interactive visual communication. I say divide the priorities and let each person do their best at that one thing they love. No f&kn Unicorns.
    Good video. Thanks

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    NikonChic 954

    Wow thnx for this. Since last year Ive been researching the field and looking at job listings in the South Florida under UI UX and a lot of folks are asking to have coding experience smh. It’s insane.

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    Danny Clayden Chambers

    I’m a Front-end Developer who has prototyped in UX/Design & Research teams for some years.

    I agree with what you’re saying saying here and I would like to add that although it’s not necessary to be able to code – As a technical UX-er, you are able to talk about the wonderful technical things that might be possible for the user experience not only what isn’t 🤓

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