Response : I can understand the need for programming if you are going to be a web designer, but this is a concept I struggle with. I am definitely a more visual person that is considerably impatient when it comes to the art process. I consider myself more of a fine artist because I can watch every single stroke of my pen, markers, or brush as I create a new image. With graphic design, it is also a more instant gratification type of art where I source or create my imagery and type, and rearrange it to be pleasing. With programming, I’ve had little experience, and unfortunately found most of that experience to be frustrating. I always enjoy the layout design process of creating imagery and styles for the webpage, but I tend to suffer from the stagnant nature of fixed layouts. This is partially related to the fact that I’ve had little training in this field, but also because I am too impatient to really figure out how to have a flexible layout.
The author does make an interesting point, however, to say that designers & programmers can be one in the same because they are people who think abstractly. I recently watched a Ted Talks video where a gal who was diagnosed back in the day as autistic, but seems very “normal” said that there is a place for every type of autism and that if people weren’t wired differently we would never advance as a race because it takes a certain abstract thought process. In this same vein, we could argue that designers think and process information differently and present it in creative ways. I’ve always considered art the great communicator, and design is hands-down one of our best tools for communicating ideas, be they emotions, business, advertising, or promotions, and whether it monetary values are involved or not.
All this said, in that same way, programmers help shape design by bringing it to life. I feel that programming is more of a methodical, number-based manner of thinking and I think that is where I struggle the most because I have a hard time creating ideas in my head that aren’t visual or able to be done by hand. I suppose I could be considered old-fashioned in that way which is sometimes look down upon in this modern day and age where technology equals advancement and innovation. But I look forward to the challenge of marrying the two worlds of print and screen.