- Claudia Salgado
Why UX Designers Should Learn to Code
As a UX designer, it is not required to learn to code. However, I have been learning to code because it gives me some benefits when designing the user experience of a product or technology. A UX Designer's ability to interact with the rest of the development team will improve as their programming knowledge grows. Usually, UX Designers work alongside developers, so it is essential to speak the language of developers to communicate effectively.
UX Designers must also think like developers, translating user needs into precise design features and communicating those details in the development language. Understanding and effectively communicating the technical requirements of design will be easier if you learn important frontend skills. Also, learning to code will help UX designers the limitations of their designs because you'll understand what and what can't be done. And, because UX focuses on empathy for the end-user, the more personal a designer's knowledge of a system is, the more influential the designer will be in ensuring that the experience is seamless.