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Do UX designers need to know how to code?

Colton Schweitzer
November 2, 2020

The ability to code in UX design is an ongoing and polarizing debate. Some swear by it and argue that it’s necessary for UX designers to know at least some coding.

The usual reason provided for this argument is that it arms UX designers with a deeper understanding of how products are built, which in turn enables them to create products that are more feasible to develop. 

On the other side, there are people who believe that UX designers shouldn’t have to know how to code. 

Our point of view is this: In order to get your first job in UX, you don’t need to know how to code, period

After you get into the field of UX, if you find yourself interested in becoming more tech savvy, then by all means learn to code. Doing so can only help you forge closer relationships with developers, and that’s a good thing. Just being in the industry, you'll naturally learn more about code at a high level.

The vast majority of UX designers we know don’t know how to code. If that many people got a job without that technical knowledge so can you.

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Colton Schweitzer
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October 14, 2020
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