Designers are currently faced with a dilemma – should we learn to code? Coding for designers is a jump equivalent to creativity for accountants. Endless pages of writing in an alien language, a single space in the wrong place can lead to hours of frustration. It makes pixel-perfect design in Illustrator look like a perfect system. However learning to code is incredibly enabling for designers, it allows us to design experiences and systems instead of just static graphics. There’s a large demand in industry at the moment for front-end developers that know their way around typography and layout. User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design are amongst the fastest growing fields in the creative sector. Even if you don’t end up working in code, a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is fast becoming a must-have in the jobs market. It allows designers to interact confidently with developers.
I started trying to learn to code around 5 years ago with endless hours of lynda.com tutorials and a pukka pad. I’m sure lots of people can learn like this but nothing went in for me, it just didn’t click. It’s only when I came across a couple of great books last year that it finally began to slot together.
Here’s how to keep up with the kids – I’ve linked everything to the corresponding Amazon page.