A Letter to Web Designers.
Times are A-Changin’.
Web Designer, Redefined.
That being said, the whole definition of a web designer is changing too. If you’re a web designer, you may or may not be a pro at Bezier curves, but you most likely know how to organize your SCSS or LESS files into manageable units. You may not be able to write unit tests for your viewmodels, but you know how to employ the correct HTML5 tags and attributes to describe a view appropriately. And, given a messy HTML template full of data bindings, you’re bound to be able to cut through the mess and manipulate the code so as to style it the way you want.
In short, you’re that unique individual smack right between an engineer and a graphic designer.
We’re a Special Breed.
In that sense, we’re not that different from who we were a decade ago. The web may have changed a lot since, but we’re still that in-between person who’s neither into hardcore data crunching nor treats a webpage like an immutable A3 paper. And the Web, ten years after, still needs us. For without us, who’s going to take the graphic designer’s visions and bring them to life? Without us, who’s going to ensure a web application is accessible to all?
Even better, when the graphic designer is off sick and the team needs a new icon now, the web designer will be able to open up Sketch (Illustrator, Photoshop, whatever) and come up with something. And when the fronted engineer has no problem rendering data into tables but can’t for his life make the tables look as pretty as the mockups envisioned, the web designer can say,”I’ll handle this”, and dive into the code to add the classes and ids needed to make the design come alive.
If you’re like me and you’ve been feeling a little less than confident about yourself amidst this changing industry, I hope the above offers you a little assurance.
All the best, and Godspeed.