Reasons to Code
User experience is focused on handling design to improve communication between the product and user. UX design aims to achieve a simply and smooth but effective experience for the user.
But clarity and effectiveness of communication begin in the design process itself. If you can’t communicate clearly and effectively with your developers, your design is already starting off at a disadvantage. A solid foundation in coding ensures that you and the rest of your team will have a common language when talking about your design.
Realism and Efficiency
A working knowledge of coding will help you, as a designer, temper those amazing ideas with realistic parameters. If you have a general idea of how the infrastructure for your ideas works, you’ll have an easier time knowing what is or isn’t possible, or even how you might make the impossible possible!
Once your ideas have started to take root, you’ll be empowered to put together your own prototypes and examples to share with developers, cutting down on the opportunities for misunderstandings or nuances being lost along the way.
Creativity and Confidence
Design is an inherently creative pursuit. To stay on top of things as a designer, it’s important to keep that creativity honed. Learning new skills is one way to keep your mind agile when thinking about problems and their creative solutions.
The process of learning to code itself will be a great workout for your creative muscles and at the end of the journey you’ll be equipped with a new, concrete set of skills to add to your arsenal of success. Not only will those skills pay dividends in your work as a designer, but they’ll provide an added boost of confidence in navigating the
world of tech, where coding is a universal language.
Different employers will have varying expectations when it comes to skill sets for UX designers. Regardless of the specific employer, a working knowledge of coding will always be a benefit to you.
UX is fundamentally a process of problems and solutions. What is the problem hindering the user’s ability to have a seamless experience when interacting with a system and how can you go about solving it? Among the
many benefits from learning to code, improved critical thinking and problem solving stand tall in the pack.
As referenced in this article from The Center for Digital Education, coding education
in elementary school leads to increases in critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, math, and collaboration. Imagine what it can do for you as an adult when you bring it to the world of UX design.
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