The developer as designer

At a recent panel about mobile learning, I heard a member of the audience lament that she didn’t want to become a mobile app developer. She was a designer, after all. It wasn’t the first time that I had heard someone say “I’m a designer, not a developer.”

Quora product designer David Cole challenges the myth that a developer cannot be a skilled designer and vice-versa. He points out that having a holistic view of the larger effort and intertwining the design and implementation results in better work, and that you don’t have to be great at everything to produce a quality product.

He also debunks the notion that if you’re a jack of all trades, you’re a master of none. Design and development skills are not mutually exclusive skill sets, nor does the brain have to dump old skills to learn something new.

“Learning isn’t a zero-sum activity.”

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