Monday, April 29, 2013

Programmers are NOT necessarily bad graphic designers

Today I want to share with you something that upsets me.
It is popular in the tech world the opinion that a programmer can't do graphic design [1] [2].

It is true that there are good programmers that are bad graphic designers. However, doing a blind conclusion about it is a logical nonsense, a non sequitur.

It is well known that analytical/logical thinking takes place on the left-side of the brain, while creative activities -- such as drawing -- on the right-side. This is the main argument to support the statement that programmers can't be good planning an UI (User Interface), for example.

Given that, saying a programmer is not good at graphic designing is similar to saying that a programmer is not capable of using all of his brain, what I see as an insult. It seems that is cooler to practice just one side of the brain.

What is more shocking for me is that some programmers accept that as a fact.
And most of them don't even try.

Realistically speaking, of course, in a typical daily routine of a tech/IT department there is always a lot of work to do and it is more convenient and wise to let the designers do this kind of work.

But, IMHO, it is unwise to say that programmers are not good designers.

Thanks for reading!

Till the next post,
Ronald Kaiser