Designer, Coder: Separate roles or one?
~ 29 February 2008 ~
Update: By “Coder” I mean front-end code.
Oblige me, if you will, and allow me to ask you a few questions. It’s related to the Extensible CSS series but also to another topic I’m dealing with.
1) How is your current role defined: Designer, Coder, or both? Freelancer or part of a team?
2) Do you agree with the statement I’ve made on occasion, that those who can code as well as they design will always have an edge over those who do only one? (See #3.) Or do you believe it’s better for designers and coders to specialize in one role?
3) Is it more “productive” — a team can take on more projects, get projects done faster, or however you define productive — to have a single team of designers/coders or one team of each? In which scenario are the resulting user experiences produced “better” (however you define better)?
Feel free to briefly answer any or all of the above questions.
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