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A broad skillset makes you a great digital designer

As a digital designer you are a creator, and to create you need to master various skills. If you only master photoshop, I would never pick you for our product team. Photoshop just don’t cut it (I’m actually considering to uninstall it, to prove my point). Yeah photoshop is great for advanced compositions and photo editing, but far from essential in webdesign productions.

I don’t agree with this quote from @Folletto:

So: you don’t have to learn a bit more outside your discipline, but you could.

Based on this well written article

Being a jack of all trades makes you a better digital designer

You need to master a basic set of skills to make your (or your boss) ideas & design come true. This skillset can vary, but all great digital designers I’ve ever listen too/worked with/admired they got it. They got the aura of jack of all trades, and still master some handpick skills.

4 responses to “A broad skillset makes you a great digital designer”

  1. As you might guess, I disagree with that. ;)

    I know many, many excellent web designers that aren't able to code, still, they *ARE* great web designers.

    But I don't think we disagree on the overall concept: I'm a deep believer in the idea of hybrid professionals, being myself one.

    I think it's just a tiny definition of terms between "have to" and "could". This is the difference:

    If you say that they "have to":

    1. A designer that can only design, is NOT a designer.

    2. A designer that can design and code, is a designer.

    3. A designer that can design and some other discipline other than code, is NOT a designer.

    If you say "could":

    1. A designer that can only design, is a designer.

    2. A designer that can design and code, is a designer.

    3. A designer that can design and some other discipline, is a designer.

    If you force young designer toward the "have to" road, you are going to destroy specialist professionals (1) and hybrid professionals that are hybrid not in coding (3). These two class of people are instead able to express themselves greatly when paired with a developer… a pairing that, in the end, STILL needs to happen every time.

    For example a hybrid designer without code knowledge but knowledgeable about cognitive psychology and social psychology might be much more valuable to a web company than a designer that can code. There are SO many other disciplines! :)

    So… don't limit young designers.

    And don't limit your hiring as well if you find an amazing specialist. ;)

    Thanks for reading the article and providing this feedback. :)

    • admin says:

      Hi Davide, thanks for your detailed argumentation on "why a designer don't have to code". I agree coding isn't the only skill that makes you a better webdesigner, but surely a highly valued one. I'm not talking about designers in general but webdesigners.

  2. podoya says:

    True

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