Help Designers and Developers Learn to Understand Each Other

Jared Spool

September 29th, 2015

The notion of being a “designer who can code” has been a prevalent topic in recent years. One of the greatest benefits of using CSS is speaking the same language as your developers. Having this common language aids in creating a more collaborative feel to conversations with developers versus dictating to them what to do.

Being able to use just enough code to create an interface element that not only shows how it should look and work but actually displays it in action, is a powerful communication tool.

Recently I interviewed Jenn Lukas on this very topic. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation:

When we understand the tools that we work with we all become better at our jobs. The same way as a developer understanding design principles can make me develop better. I know what to QA for, I know how to keep a consistent grid, I know what goes into good typography. These are the rules that make you more well-rounded.

Going the other way, to be able to know what CSS and technology is capable of really helps people to create better, stronger designs. To know where you can push the limits of design, to know where things can be scaled back, to know what goes into the building blocks of creating something.

Listen to the podcast interview or read the transcript.

In Jenn Lukas’ UI20 conference workshop Mastering CSS to Build a Living Style Guide, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build style guidelines to communicate effectively with developers
  • Understand the most common styles, including fonts, colors, and background
  • Define your design’s look and feel with divs and flexible layouts
  • Get everyone on the same page about how your design should look and feel

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