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On Being a Designer and a Developer: Not Quite Unicorn Rare by Diogenes Brito
As Austin Bales says in a great talk, good designers and good developers actually have a lot in common. The crossover really even shows itself in our language when we use (appropriate) terms like "social engineering" for techniques designers use to illicit certain behaviors, or "software design" for the planning and creation of programming code. Both designers and developers put a premium on simplicity and clarity. Both are trying to make their creations as easy to intuit and work with as possible. Developers refactor their code as requirements change and complexity increases the same way designers redesign interfaces to make room for new or changing functionality. They have similar traits, skills, and motivations, they just work in different mediums and have different specialties. Designers tend to specialize and focus on the beginning of the creation process, whereas engineers specialize on the end or latter half of the process. I say a more accurate representation of a single person's skills might look something like this:

Each person has a certain level of skill in the designer and/or developer subject areas, where many of the skills and habits that would make you excel in either area would help in both. People may have a tendency to lean towards one area over the other, but no one has a "type" that would prevent them from learning and improving as a designer or a developer. What matters is the time and effort put into learning. World class designers and developers have put in lots and lots of dedicated practice: their (proverbial) 10,000 hours.
design  developer  development  designers  developers 
may 2013 by Aetles
Get Over It, Haters: 99designs Has Tipped | PandoDaily
Typically the people who complain are somewhere below the top tier, but above entry level. The more established, high-end designers don’t worry about something like 99designs, because it focuses on things like logos and T-shirts. And many entry level designers love it because it gives them an easier way to get into the market and start making money.

It’s the people in the middle who haven’t yet made a name for themselves, but feel they are above designing logos and tshirts on spec who balk. And, speaking as someone who was in the same boat when journalism was ripped apart by the Web, I can relate. Here’s my advice: Embrace it. You can’t fight the Web’s power to compress service fees in the name of customer efficiency. The game has changed, but if you embrace the volatility first, you usually win. I jumped from old media in 2006, when it didn’t look possible to pay a mortgage off of blogging. And since then, I’ve made more money (and had way more fun) than I would have staying at a magazine.
design  99design  designers 
january 2012 by Aetles

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