Designer vs Developer #5: Who is responsible for design? Should designers code?

Who is responsible for design? Why don’t developers design or designers code? Here Mustafa Kurtuldu, Design Advocate at Google, discusses whether it’s possible to have both skills

Designer vs Developer by Google Design Advocate Mustafa Kurtuldu is a series of videos aimed at improving understanding foster greater understanding between the two camps. Each video, in which Kurtuldu has a conversation with a different industry expert, is accompanied by an essay (below) which delves deeper into the topic discussed.

Last week, I heard a developer refer to someone on my team as a “unicorn”. This term has come to mean someone who can do multiple things, like a developer who can design. I don’t like this term. It implies that someone with dual abilities is a rare mythical creature.

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