Designer Ignorance

I am a fan of living a balanced life, professionally and personally. So, as a designer / artist, I try to keep up on technology as much as possible.

I am a fan of living a balanced life, professionally and personally. So, as a designer / artist, I try to keep up on technology as much as possible. This not only includes, of course, the world of new and amazing gadgets, but also includes using CSS AND ActionScript whenever a job calls for it, and learning about new features and enhancements whenever they are made.
In the Six Revisions article:Why Designers Should Learn How to Code http://sixrevisions.com/web_design/why-designers-should-learn-how-to-code/#more-1018 , John Urban does a nice job of making the point that while it’s important for designers to understand the code involved in making concepts a reality, it can hamper the concept a great deal if they are the only ones to actually implement the front end or back end code. I would agree.
Some of the best designers I have ever worked with, had no idea what Javascript meant. The worse a designer was with a computer, the better a designer they were.
This seems to be changing, but at a very slow pace. Speaking just for myself, the more involved I get into code or MAC OS maintenance the more I feel pulled to begin a new pencil drawing, digital illustration or logo. When I exercise my left brain a little, I must also work out my right brain twice as much to stay balanced as an designer.

Author: Van

Accomplished human-centered designer, impassioned leader, enthusiastic educator and perennial learner. Versatile craftsman and thinker, facilitating solutions for positive change through empathy-driven ideas.

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