It is difficult to rally for designers without making it seem like you are discounting the value of developers. It’s important to remember that what we’re trying to do is evolve the notion of the ideal team. The ideal team includes both design and development, working in tight communication and mutual respect from the beginning. This is an enviable dynamic and surprisingly uncommon.
In his Brooklyn Beta talk, Tony Fadell said that at Apple, “Everyone on the team is an artist.” This is the right outlook. If we want design to be seen as more than decoration, we must remember that development is more than plumbing. Great developers are “designers” in their own domain. Design can even be our common thread, uniting two groups with a shared love of detail, craft, and building things.” —
A great article over at A List Apart on the opportunity designers have right now, and our relationship with developers.