One of the biggest complaints I hear from designers is that they love design, but absolutely hate code. Many feel that forcing their way through code is the only way to offer the services they want or some even avoid offering web design services in order to stay away from the coding aspect.
What they don’t realize, is that there are people who specialize in coding and absolutely love it (like me!). Personally, many of my favorite projects are those I’ve teamed up with a designer on. They take care of the branding and design and then those designs get handed over to me to code. The end result is a gorgeous brand, a beautiful and well-developed website, and a happy client (and designer!).
In case this is the first you’ve thought about teaming up with a developer, today we’ll go over 5 benefits of collaborating with a developer on your design projects.
Benefit #1: You can do more of what you love
It’s likely that you love your time designing, but absolutely hate that you have to waste your time in code.
Even for those of us who love it, code can suck a ton of time away, so if it’s something you’re not completely familiar with or don’t love, I’m sure it’s enough to drive you up the wall.
Having a good relationship with a developer can completely solve this problem. From coding custom sites, making small tweaks, or handling on-going maintenance, your developer can totally free you from diving into code.
Benefit #2: You can be confident in the website’s development
If design is your main focus and you learned development because you had to, you might not be aware of all of the best practices, how to make a site mobile responsive, or how to optimize it for SEO. This can lead to less confidence in your final product or having more maintenance to take care of down the road.
Working with a developer is a great way to ensure that everything is done according to standards. Also, if there is maintenance to take care of in the future you won’t have to worry about it and can continue focusing on your beautiful designs.
Benefit #3: You can offer additional design features
As a developer, if I end up doing any type of design, what I can do is limited. I know this can be the same for designers with the coding side of projects.
Since design is your focus, code is something you had to learn and you now find yourself designing around your abilities. Or maybe you only offer branding and graphic design, rather than web design, since coding is something you’re unable to take care of yourself.
With a developer, you can expand your offerings to include web design and increase the customizations and features you can offer. Time to boost your creativity and stop playing it safe!
Benefit #4: You’ll have someone to take care of ongoing tasks
Do you ever find yourself worrying more about helping past clients with maintaining their site than you do about getting designs completed for new clients? Things like maintenance, updates, security, and more can really add up, especially when you’ve had your fair share of past clients.
Working with a developer can take those tasks off your plate.
Benefit #5: Collaborations are the bomb
I couldn’t help myself with this last one. One of my very favorite things about this online space are the people I’ve met and collaborations I’ve done.
If you find collaborations fuel you like they do me, working with a developer on your projects is a guaranteed ongoing partner in crime to work with consistently.
Sounds awesome, right?
I hope by now you’re excited about what working with a developer could do for you and your business. More advanced design features. Less maintenance. No coding. And a whole lot more time to design!
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