November 2, 2023
UI/UX Design

Does UI UX Design Require Coding?

Coding and UI UX design are often thrown together in a box. But do we really need to learn how to code in order to become successful UI UX designers?
Cristi Fonea
November 2, 2023
Does UI UX Design Require Coding?

It’s safe to say we live in an era where technology is everywhere, it surrounds us and we don’t even notice. We have our phones always in our pockets and hands and being offline seems almost impossible. 

We started as farms and hunters, filling our days with activities in nature, working alongside one another, and having herds and farms as our primary activities. But as the years passed we became more and more intrigued by the uses of technology. 

After we discovered electricity everything took a turn for the better and made us see our society as different. And as Thomas Edison said “Never get discouraged if you fail. Learn from it. Keep trying” and so he did, so slowly but surely took over our lives and dictated our development.

And since then a lot has happened. We had the Industrial Revolution that came and took us all by storm when machines started to replace the human workforce. We had the appearance of robots, AI, driverless cars, The Internet, and let’s not forget about smartphones.

But when it comes to technology, coding is mandatory. So…what about UI design? Do we need to know programming languages in order to design? The answer is NO. But, it can be beneficial to have some idea about it. UI design it's not about finding the right formulas but about how the user interface looks and how it acts.  

What is UI?

The user interface takes care of how the users see and interpret the design. UI is the first interaction that takes place in every design which can later lead to the user’s accessibility. You can think about the UI as the first impression that you have when meeting someone new. It’s the cover of the book that case care of the aesthetics, including the font, the typography, the colors, buttons, images, and animations. Following the feelings it can spark for its users. 

The user interface is the link between the user and the digital product that the designer or the designers have created. UI has as a focus the beauty, the feelings, and the emotional journey the user can have when entering for the first time in your design. 

A UI designer needs to make sure that the design looks and is suited for the target range that the product is aiming for. And a customer analysis followed by design research is the way you can do it,  helping you deliver the right storylines to your users. The user interface also focuses on how the designs interact and if it is or is not responsive. It takes care of the prototyping and how the design can respond and feel to the users. 

What does a GOOD UI have to do?

UI designers have the purpose of making sure the feel and the look of a website are always in sync. But sometimes your design ideas don’t add up with what the development team. I can’t be the only one who was so excited about a design project and when the developers saw what I was imagining it all broke down into pieces and I had to redo all the design. So, sometimes having an idea of how your design and if it can be coded will be detrimental, not wasting any time and delivering a more detailed design.

Who Needs Coding?

As you might have already expected – developers. As a UI/UX designer, your tasks don’t require coding or any programming language, but for a better understanding of how the site will look and interact, some knowledge about coding won’t cause you any harm. What coding does to a design’s mind is that it gives you structure. It helps you figure out what elements can or can not be coded and if you are designing animations you would want to know beforehand how they would appear and if they trigger the right experience for your users.

Real Designers make their own design work.”

And Ben Shoemate was right. If the development team says that your design can’t be done you will not be able to say otherwise when you don’t really know how code works. So, the ins and the outs of coding will come to your advantage anytime. 

And let’s not forget that coding can give you the insights you need to understand the technical limitations that come up when building the website or the app. The coding process won’t be an obstacle in the creative process anymore as the alternatives and the codable designs will be in your mind. 

So, if you are looking to map all the elements when creating an app or a website you can use a UI kit that will save you time and lead to higher productivity levels. In a UI kit, you will encounter buttons to design elements like images, graphics, and templates. The best part about UI kits is that they are responsive and organized, so you’ll be able to find everything you need in no time. This brings us to the advantages you will have when using a UI kit. 

uinkits – Our Figma UI Kit

We at uinkits understand the importance of great user experiences in creating amazing UI designs. That’s why we’ve developed a Figma UI Kit with design components that include the essential UI elements that enable you to design intuitive and user-friendly interfaces effortlessly.  

“You press the button, we do the rest,” – Kodak.

Inspired by this iconic tagline from Kodak, we believe in simplifying the design process for you. Our Figma UI Kit, uinkits, is a complete design system with UI components that allows you, as a UI UX designer, to create your products as quickly as pressing a button. 

Our design system components, including variables, cards, buttons, and everything you need for your design process. All you have to do is take your UI design component needed, and you’re ready to use it in your designs!

Cristi Fonea
November 2, 2023

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