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Befriending Satan

Regardless of whether or not you think web design is Satan, every graphic designer needs to befriend it. Due to the rapid expansion of the internet over the past few years, graphic designers are now expected to be able to code. Upcoming graphic designers are upset with this new expectation that requires them to learn a new language, triggering their hatred for web design.

Unfortunately, graphic designers cannot escape from web design. Regardless of the concentration in graphic design you want to work in, it is hard to find a job without prior knowledge of HTML and CSS. Learning these two programming languages is not as intimidating as it first seems and, with enough practice, will allow for several new job opportunities.

Make sure you are aware of all of the other elements you need to know as designer by reading “what do designers need to know,” an article by AIGA laying out the formal concepts, methods, theories, and techniques that all graphic designers are responsible for learning.


  1. sficarro wrote:

    Coding does seem to be more and more necessary as a designer. It is good to at least get some enough of a grasp on it that if you need to talk to a development team you will have some sort of understanding of the language and the capabilities. I have found that recently while helping transition my company from the old to new website design. I am in charge of all the communication with the web development team. It is best to know coding if possible but if not you at least have to have some understanding of what the coding team needs from you to make your designs come alive. Print is not necessarily dead but Web is definitely the way to go.

    Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink
  2. karguet3 wrote:

    This is a very good point. Learning a coding language can make a designer such an asset in when trying to find a job. especially with the growth of technology, it is not going anywhere.

    Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
  3. tcastane wrote:

    Coding and web design is such a double edged sword. On the one hand, its an incredibly powerful tool to know, and it can help a designer know how to implement their work. But the reverse side is that there are so many different languages and methods within it, that it could hamper rather than help.

    Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  4. zworrell wrote:

    Your title immediately drew me in. Even though web design was the bane of my existence last semester, it’s super necessary in making you more marketable as a designer. The hardest thing about coding is that if you aren’t constantly practicing it, you start to lose the language. This post is gonna push me to get back on the horse.

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:16 am | Permalink