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Designers and Web Developers Must Work Together for the
It seems like a common sense idea: Designers and developers must work together.
But too often, these individuals work apart while working on the very same project. The designer
works to create elements and color palettes and typography that looks great, while the developer
codes and prepares the material for web publishing. And this can cause discord between the
designer and web developer and in the final design itself.
If designers and developers work together on projects from start to finish, the result is a more
cohesive web project with great aesthetics, user interface and clean code. There is less work and
rework during the collaborative process, hopefully resulting in a project that can be completed in
Traditionally web designers and we developers have been separate job titles.
Typically web designers use graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to
create what websites and elements will look like. This aesthetic is then coded using HTML,
everything work on the web.
While designers and developers may often work from separate rooms or even countries, each
needs the skills of the other to create a complete website. So they have to work together.
Pros of Working Together
Simply, the biggest reason that designers and developers should work together is to create a more
complete web project. From the look to interactions to experience, the project will only bet better
when designers and developers collaborate. (And it’s almost impossible not to these days.)
And while we are talking about designers and developers working together, don’t forget to
invite interaction designers to the party as well.
Collaboration plenty of other benefits:
A second set of eyes to look everything over and find flaws or mistakes
More creative brainstorming and design
A more complete experience, because designers can understand what the developer is
capable of creating
A more cohesive finished product, where all the parts look like they belong and
interactions fit the aesthetic
You’ll learn something about how design/development works
Merges ideas for a more rounded vision of what a project is supposed to be
Fosters focus on the mission and goals of the design project
Cons of Working Together
While I’d like to say there are not any cons to working together, that would be naïve.
There are not many downsides to collaboration. But there are two things to consider:
1. There can be some costs associated with having everyone getting together at the same
time, especially if workers aren’t typically in the same location. Use tools for
teleconferencing and online sharing to communicate when you can’t get everyone in the
same room at the same time.
2. Sometimes people will disagree or just won’t get along. But we’re all grown-ups, right?
We can work through it.
Now that you are thinking about all the reasons why you should work with a designer or
developer, how can you put it into action? It starts with clear communication.
Web designers and web developers have to put the project first and think about the big picture
during the process and as decisions are made. Understand that you will win some and lose some
fights along the way.
The best place to start is by taking your co- designer or developer our to lunch, or coffee or for a
walk. Get to know him or her and their style before you draw the first sketch or wireframe. Talk
about how you plan to work together as a team and set some ground rules.
Everyone involved in the project should make a point to check in with everyone else often
(maybe even schedule it in to the project calendar) to make sure that everyone is on task and on
time. Remember to be nice; offer constructive criticism and be open to feedback from others.
And be open to the fact that you are going to learn new things along the way, be appreciative of
5 Tips for Designers
Explain design theory in a simple manner to help developers understand where the
aesthetic is coming from.
Consider interactive elements as you design, and how they will work. Make sure all parts
are designed for al stages of interactivity.
Design completely. Don’t expect a developer to copy and edit like parts. Create element
for every state and have it ready.
Ask for help along the way. If you are not sure if a specific font will work on a website,
Provide design elements in usable file formats and at the appropriate resolution and size
for web use
5 Tips for Developers
Read the full blog @ http://thinlinecreative.com/why-designers-and-web-developers-must-worktogether/