One of the questions I often receive from my mentees, and my response is simple; I always ask them back.
And here are my questions:
If your answer to the last question like "I don't like coding at all". Then why do you even still asking the question?
No standard says, "as a product designer, you should know how to code." Still, several companies list HTML/CSS knowledge as one of their requirements.
I would put aside coding if I were in my early career. There are more essentials skills for designers to master like problem framing + solving, critical thinking, reasoning, and craftsmanship in visual/UI/Interaction design and prototyping.
There is nothing wrong with learning a new skill if you insist on learning how to code. I believe it will give you a new perspective on your design process and boost collaboration with developers.
It may give you confidence that you are well-understood what you design will align with the technical-side. It will set you apart from other designers; someone said a designer who can code is like a unicorn, a rare breed. It will also help you expand your network reach if you put your side projects on Github or Product Hunt sites.
I hope you find my opinions helpful to find the reasons why you should learn how to code.
Please tell me what's your decision and the reasons.
Last updated on Dec 28, 2020