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6 Reasons to Why Web Designers Should Know HTML and CSS
by on April 29, 2011
Flexibility

By learning how to code your designs, it provides flexibility in the sense that you will be able to change your PSD design and apply the changes immediately to your HTML version. Additionally, it allows you to bring your design to life without the hassle of communicating with a developer and waiting for him or her to become available to handle your project.

Instantly Bring Your Design to Life

As we mentioned above, there is nothing better than being able to bring your design to life at the moment you want to see it coded. With that said, working hand-in-hand with a developer means that you might not have your design fully coded at the time you want it as the developer may be busy completing other tasks and such. However, by learning how to code, bringing it to life can be a matter of just a few hours instead of a few days to weeks.

Expands On Your Portfolio

With the ever-competing design industry, learning how to code HTML and CSS will definitely look good on your portfolio, especially for clientele who are looking for an all in one ninja. Additionally, by expanding on your portfolio, you would then be able to accept a broader range of jobs providing you the flexibility of being selective and additionally reducing the chances of not finding work at all.

Reach More Clientele

As mentioned above, by learning how to code you are not only expanding on your portfolio but you are also broadening your range of jobs you can work on. Additionally, in this tough economy, many potential clienteles are in search to hire the least amount of people to get a job done, and learning how to code HTML and CSS is providing them just that, and providing you the flexibility to increase on income.

Shows You Your Limits

Learning how to code HTML and CSS does indeed help you understand the limits of how far you can go with your imagination. The reason for this is, by understanding the boundaries of how far you can push HTML and CSS alone, you can begin to formulate an idea of how far you can actually go with design, increasing your design efficiency.

Moreover, I have seen many designers ask me to code their designs and because they did not fully understand the boundaries of HTML and CSS, they went too far with their design in the sense where we had to reach out for other technologies and “hacks” to get it to where the designer wanted, and generally speaking, using “hacks” generally is not a good practice for the mainstream.

Less Costly

As a positive to learning HTML and CSS, it is less costly on your end and your clients as hiring or collaborating with a developer means greatly increased prices, increased completion time, and decreased profits in terms of time spent. With that said, learning HTML and CSS is definitely a great time reducer and cost effective move, especially in this economy where clientele are searching for affordable designers.

Conclusion

To conclude, learning how to code HTML and CSS really depends on whether you want to head in the direction of development and design, meaning, dividing your attention towards design and development rather than just design. Depending on where you want to be in your design career, you should definitely look into HTML and CSS for at least understanding how far you can push it, as it will no doubt help you with your next design project.
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