Three things every designer should know about development

Designers and developers follow their respective passions because it’s what they love to do. A designer loves working with graphics, fonts, and colors. A developer loves working with code, programs, and functions. But to create something great, they need to work together.

Designers and developers need to be able to know a little bit about the other world. They need to be able to understand some of the key ideas to allow for a smoother transition between design and development. When the two sides understand each other, that’s when they start collaborating instead of just working together.

Tips For Designers

Designers vs Developers - Justify Text (XKCD)

  1. The browser window will not be exactly what you want at all times.
    1. A desktop and mobile version of a website are a great starting point. Sometimes it’s best to let the developer come up with the responsive changes when needed during development. The disconnect comes when the designer wants something one way, but the developer knows it’s not possible or ideal.
    2. Sometimes things come up that need to get resolved during development. If you have an idea or a suggestion about how certain things move, respond, or function on the site, always take the extra step and include that in your presentation to the developer.
  2. The developer will, or at least should, have questions. Understanding the basics of development will help you anticipate questions the developer might have.
    1. You’ll be able to see your site as a versatile. The design becomes an interactive experience instead of a static design file.
    2. Try to think a little bit like a developer and account for those extra things that the developer usually has to try and come up with as she goes.
  3. Know what is possible so you can push boundaries. 
    1. There are always going to be things that are possible that you didn’t know about. By keeping up with the development world, you open yourself up to new design options.

The more you know about what you’re designing for, the more versatile you will become. It can only benefit you to learn something new about the product you design for.

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Paperback books are easier to carry around than their hardcover counterparts. Anyone can access a website from almost any device. The cover of a book is a visual representation of what's inside. Websites are a digital representation of a person or company.

We could only share art, knowledge, and advertising by printing. Now, even books are electronic. The evolution of information distribution is constant. We are always looking for new ways to communicate with each other.

It is important to recognize the evolution of websites and information sharing, but it is just as important to look to the future. PBwebD can improve your data management or make you a website that takes advantage of the latest features while keeping the site working on some of the browsers from the past.