Why designers should code

Lately I’ve been working on my portfolio. I haven’t programmed for a long time and I decided to code my portfolio from scratch, with no help of any automated site builders. I wanted to prove to myself I still got it, and also show I can code, as a crucial part of the portfolio. This got me wondering whether a designer should know how to code or not. Many designers have shared their thoughts about this topic and I wanted to share some of mine.

TL;DR: They should.

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Shit, I better start building my portfolio

For the past few days I’ve been sick with a cold in bed. This status made me detach from my day job chores and focus on my own goals. To be frank, my job doesn’t challenge me the way I want and I’m in a phase in my life I really want to get challenged and get better. In order to get better, I needed this silence to think about what I really want and how I intend to get there. The first thing was building a portfolio. So, there were couple of things I’ve been exposed to that helped me start working on it. I’ll share this process with you now.

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5 Reasons To Love Chatbots

About a week ago I went to Chatbot Summit – the first international chatbot summit in Israel. The event was really cool and some really interesting speakers came to share their knowledge and experience.

The summit had 3 stages: The central stage, the conversational stage and the cognitive stage. Every stage was focused on a certain subject. I chose the conversational stage, that focused on creating the right conversation with the user. I found this to be the best fit for UX.

As you may have read before, in my previous post about chatbots, you know I’m a bit skeptical, but I must say, this summit got me exposed to the really fun and amazing part of the whole chatbot phenomena.

Chatbots are fun, easy and really engaging, and I think they’re here to stay. I’ve listed some reasons why chatbots are awesome:

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How To Design Better, Given Your Flaws

And why you shouldn't trust yourself

I’m a designer and I know I have lots of flaws and weaknesses, putting me far from being able to design the perfect product. I know I can’t trust myself, but that motivates me to idiot-proof my whole workflow. I help myself with any app and service there is, I test myself a hundred times and I make sure I’m doing the right job, before I publish it. This is my personal way of managing workflow, and if you’re having some (or all) of the self-management problems I’m having, I hope you’ll use these tools for your benefit (Also, at the end of the post you can sign up for the newsletter and get a checklist of this workflow for your personal use).

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In Design We Trust

Interview With Tom Lahat from Tailor Brands

 

I’ve met Tom Lahat in his new office in Tel Aviv, in the midst of an extensive hiring round. His startup just recently doubled its size but Tom is still full of energy, he tells me that he plans to fill 20 more positions by the end of the year. Tom, Chief Product Officer at  Tailor Brands, a fast growing design startup that he co-founded together with Yali Saar, CEO, and Nadav Shatz, CTO, started his way as a graphic designer. Today, his startup designs branding for over 500,000 business worldwide, and is the first company to design all of its branding 100% automated, using only algorithms to do its work. It generates personalized business cards, presentation etc… Their site is really cool and if you need branding for your business, I suggest you check it out.

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My girlfriend shoots the best coffee pictures

The Cup Of Coffee Attitude

How the lack of coffee made me more productive

A few months ago I had an issue of stress and high blood pressure, probably because I was in a pretty bad phase in my life. I went to a doctor to check if there’s anything medical that’s causing this, and he said I should lower the amount of coffee I drink. I had to go from about four cups a day to a maximum of two. I can’t say this method had a good impact on me – I had a lot of headaches and felt pretty dizzy all the time, but it did teach me a lesson about my priorities.

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