Why Web Developers Should Learn Web Design

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As a web developer, you are in charge of making the website do things. You are responsible for creating interactivity on the site, which may may include jQuery and Ajax validation forms, submitting forms to database, rollovers, sliding menus or many other aspects of the site that needs programming. But how about the website’s design?

In my previous article Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler, I talked about why web designers should learn how to code and its benefits.

For this article, I encourage developers to learn proper web design process and how this will benefit them.

Why user experience is a big deal

Building a website nowadays requires more than just coding. Regardless how interactive your website is, website visitors might not have a good experience browsing it if the structure and design look awful. Thus, you lose the site’s quality and visitors.

Web developers need to be more than code-generating groan people

With the modern web gradually developing, we are expecting much more out of our digital life- and the guys behind each website. Web developers are typically problem solvers. They most likely prefer to make the web pages work than make it look good and fascinating. But this might not work nowadays.

Take this as an example.

Have you tried hiring another developer for a project you are working on?

You went through the process of verifying that developer’s skills before hiring him or her. You informed that developer about all the details you want for the site project, including the design and features. That developer confirmed that he or she can do it on time.

When, in the end, the web developer presented the website, the site design still looks awful, though features are there.

A lot of clients have had this kind of experience. That’s why it is important that a web developer must also learn the design process to become more efficient and productive.

It doesn’t mean coding doesn’t cut in anymore but web developers should improve themselves beyond coding. Here’s why:

  • To become more responsible and completely human members of the team or company
  • It would be much better if a web developer can also create stunning websites
  • Plus, the web developer can also work on its interactivity at the same time

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Why web developers should learn how to design

Being a web developer is cool but being a web developer that knows how to design stunning websites, is a way cooler. The following are the reasons why a web developer should learn how to design.

1. Improve your graphic design skills. Learning the design process will immerse you to different graphic design tools and design inspiration.

2. Improve your web design taste. If a web developer learns how to design, he or she can easily differentiate a stunning website from a terrible one. It’s more about improving the aesthetic eye, that is, visual skills will become more refined and the web designs skills will naturally conform to your acclimated aesthetics.

3. Competitive web development. Learning the design process will help the web developer understand the business requirements more. He or she can be edgier because he or she can bring some excellent look and feel apart from the interactivity he or she brings to the table. 

4. One man web development. If a web developer knows how to perform the task of a web designer and web developer, this allows that said web developer to earn more as he or she don’t need to get someone who can design for the project.

Some tips on how to learn web design

1. Look for inspiration. Checking great web design inspiration every now and then will eventually refine your web design taste.

Zero in on these sites to immerse oneself in quality design:

2. Try some web design tutorials. Practicing some tutorials about web design will improve your web design skills.

How about trying sites like:

3. Get some feedback. One of the best ways to learn is to start doing and getting feedback. The key is making sure that your web design is as simple, intuitive and easy to use, yet providing a very rich content and feature set.

I suggest using sites like:

Wrapping Up

There are so many advantages in learning coding and designing at the same time. In this article I showed you how both can help you achieve effective web development results. I want to emphasize that talent is not as much of a factor as most people would think. More often, interest is what people confuse as “talent.”

If you truly have an interest in something, you will be motivated to immerse yourself in it and practice it. Likewise, if you are a web developer, you can achieve creativity by learning and practicing it, which will later give you a lot of advantages in your career.

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is a web designer and a front web developer with over 2 years of experience in the industry. Have a passion for designing detailed, creative and modern websites & graphics. He spend most of his time practically every day, experimenting with HTML, CSS and Wordpress.

8 Comments Best Comments First
  • Ed Mandell

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 16:56

    4

    Great follow up to the last article, good idea to include some inspirational sites as well as some ideas for getting feedback.

    +4
  • Tom Chapman

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 14:10

    3

    This is a great article – as always! This is really true though; it’s important for developers to know at least a bit about design, and designers should know a bit about code. I’ve found that it really helps the workflow.

    If a developer can understand the why and what for of design, then the app/site that they’re working on will really start to pop – because they understand all sides of it.

    Kinda of like the old school days when we were called “Webmasters” :)

    +2
  • Mohamed Zahran

    Monday, March 24th, 2014 21:42

    1

    Good article.

    +1
  • Arunreasey

    Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 23:36

    6

    Really nice article, I should to learn web design as well. :D
    Thanks for your article.

    0
  • Adrian Bird

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 07:44

    2

    I’m more of a visual person and would agree that getting the code correct and design correct is where the work is, luckily for us we have both :)

    0
  • Creative Spartans

    Thursday, March 27th, 2014 03:49

    7

    Because a good web designer should understand the requirement of client which he/she wants .

    0
  • Jeff Moser

    Monday, April 14th, 2014 15:12

    8

    I’ve been a developer for nearly fifteen years now, and I’ve worked with some fabulous designers. Despite the look of my own site, those designers rubbed off on me enough that I can now make intuitive, usable sites for clients.

    But I wonder if this generalist/specialist issue is best solved in the way you describe. Although I want to create stunning designs, they generally don’t turn out that way. And we can’t all be great at everything.

    So would the effort and benefits of team collaboration outweigh that of becoming both a great developer and a great designer? I’d personally prefer team collaboration with a fantastic designer. I think that works, as long as both parties understand the needs and abilities of the other.

    Not trying to start an argument, just thinking that I wear enough different hats already.

    0
  • Neil Johnson

    Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 02:52

    5

    There is not much to be learned as “objective” content, except for : use a grid !

    -1
  • Jeff Moser

    Monday, April 14th, 2014 15:12

    8

    I’ve been a developer for nearly fifteen years now, and I’ve worked with some fabulous designers. Despite the look of my own site, those designers rubbed off on me enough that I can now make intuitive, usable sites for clients.

    But I wonder if this generalist/specialist issue is best solved in the way you describe. Although I want to create stunning designs, they generally don’t turn out that way. And we can’t all be great at everything.

    So would the effort and benefits of team collaboration outweigh that of becoming both a great developer and a great designer? I’d personally prefer team collaboration with a fantastic designer. I think that works, as long as both parties understand the needs and abilities of the other.

    Not trying to start an argument, just thinking that I wear enough different hats already.

    0
  • Creative Spartans

    Thursday, March 27th, 2014 03:49

    7

    Because a good web designer should understand the requirement of client which he/she wants .

    0
  • Arunreasey

    Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 23:36

    6

    Really nice article, I should to learn web design as well. :D
    Thanks for your article.

    0
  • Neil Johnson

    Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 02:52

    5

    There is not much to be learned as “objective” content, except for : use a grid !

    -1
  • Ed Mandell

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 16:56

    4

    Great follow up to the last article, good idea to include some inspirational sites as well as some ideas for getting feedback.

    +4
  • Tom Chapman

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 14:10

    3

    This is a great article – as always! This is really true though; it’s important for developers to know at least a bit about design, and designers should know a bit about code. I’ve found that it really helps the workflow.

    If a developer can understand the why and what for of design, then the app/site that they’re working on will really start to pop – because they understand all sides of it.

    Kinda of like the old school days when we were called “Webmasters” :)

    +2
  • Adrian Bird

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 07:44

    2

    I’m more of a visual person and would agree that getting the code correct and design correct is where the work is, luckily for us we have both :)

    0
  • Mohamed Zahran

    Monday, March 24th, 2014 21:42

    1

    Good article.

    +1

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