Web designers & their coding skills - A never-ending debate

Tags: website designing, website development

Some say they should know coding, where as some others say it is not a necessity. But will you hire a designer who is totally ignorant about the coding part? That’s what we want to ask you all. Confused?  You can read on the points that veteran webmasters have put-forth and then decide for yourself.

An artist always utilizes his medium to the fullest; whether it be paper, cloth, wood, marble or even a web browser in case of web designers. A website designer who doesn’t have a basic idea of how web pages are coded for web browsers will certainly make grave mistakes, something like not taking into consideration the browser viewport dimension. What if a designer provides 300-dpi Illustrator file which are totally unfeasible to repeat on-screen?

This does not mean that a designer should know how to develop a serious database-driven application. But he should know the basics of coding, along with HTML and CSS markup languages. HTML & CSS codes can be seen more in a designer’s arsenal than the developers. Understanding the basics of these marks up languages help designers create better web designs.

Helps in a better communication with the web developers – Basic knowledge of coding will help web designers while discussing website related issues with developers. When designers try to use the language that web developers are familiar with, they will understand the problems easily.

Helps in increasing usability of websites – Getting a clear idea about the expected functionality of the website will help the designers a lot in developing professional and user friendly websites.

Good SEO – Everyone needs SEO compliant websites. Website design layouts should be created in a SEO friendly way. SEO is very important for websites and it is very significant in deciding the success or failure of websites.

Basic idea of coding will open a realm of immense creative possibilities. The website design layouts that a designer creates will be executed in the very same way he wants them to be created. If you completely split the duty of a designer and a coder, the coder may end up doing a little bit of changes in the design you submit, for the sake of easy and error free coding, which may degrade the design.  This is not the fault of the coder, as his intention is just to create an error free page.  It is not practical to get the Photoshop mock-ups of every new section of websites.

The above mentioned basic points are often quoted by veterans while discussing whether designers should learn how to code or not. There are more things to be discussed. But these are the important arguments raised by experienced webmasters. So now it is up to you! What do think about this topic?

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