I am not a designer (graphic designer or the like) or coder – I am a Marketer.
However, I work with both designers and coders on a regular basis – especially for the clients I work with on an ongoing support basis.
What is becoming more clear to me over the past few months is that Graphic Designers need to learn code. Period.
My thoughts were confirmed by this post here by Frank Chimero.
It is simply not possible ‘these days’ to be a print designer – the scale of design has moved beyond that and Frank sums it up perfectly here -
“While these skills aren’t necessary for every position, team or project, the knowledge does nothing but benefit the designer. Design decisions are not only affected by the characteristics of the content being designed, but also the qualities of the format. The best way to understand the characteristics of the web is to speak its language.”