10 Things Designers and Developers Can Do To Work Better Together



In order to have a successful project, one of the most important things is to have a good designer-developer relationship. These 2 fields go together and the relationship between these 2 professionals is of the utmost importance, however we all know that there can be some conflicts everywhere. So, if you have decided to build such relationship, no matter you are the designer or the developer, here are some 10 things you should take into account to better work together.


1. Choose your partner wisely


When you choose a partner to collaborate with, the most important 2 things that you should consider are his/her character and skills. First of all, you need to choose a partner who has the character similar to yours, because it will be easier to interact with him/her and to understand him/her better. Secondly, you need to choose someone with the required skills. For example, if you choose someone, who will have no understanding of the code that you have designed, it is more than possible that there will be conflict between you. So, try to choose your partner wisely.


2. Communicate in a right way


In every designer-developer problem there is some sort of miscommunication and in every designer-developer healthy relationship there is a right communication. So, in order to succeed, try to enable open communication between you both.


3. Respect your partner


In order to respect each other, they should know that both their jobs are very difficult and no one is better than the other. For this purpose, designers should understand the basic concepts of developer’s job, such as variables and functions, JavaScript and developers should know the basic design principles.


4. Trust each other


One of the most important keys to success is the trust. If you don’t trust him/her you will always think that he/she will do something wrong and will worry about it always. Thus, it will also have a negative effect on your own job. So, just try to trust your partner.


5. Work in the same room


One of the things that fosters relationship between designer and developer is working in the same room next to each other. This gives them the chance to correct the problems immediately and to discuss some things. In addition, face-to-face talks build more understanding and respect.


6. Designer-developer pairing


Pairing makes these people to solve issues more easily, by providing each with an understanding of the roles of the other. It also makes them better communicators.


7. Share ideas


One head is good but two are better. If you have an idea, share it with your partner, because it is a great chance to get feedback or to develop that idea. Ideas can be powerful, however they can disappear in one second. So, make sure to share your ideas, which can both increase your productivity and your relationship with your partner.


8. Map out responsibilities


It doesn’t matter in which project you both are working, it is important to write down your responsibilities. If the project needs to be planned during a long time, you should clearly know who does the task or who is the responsible for it. Though, mapping out the responsibilities require a lot of time and skills, it is really worth doing, in order to avoid further misunderstandings.


9. Understand the basics of UX


It doesn’t matter whether you are the developer or the designer, you both should have a good understanding of UX and keep that experience in your mind during the project. The reason is that the ones who interact with the completed product are the ones who matter most of all and it is important to get feedback from them, in order to understand whether you succeeded or failed.


10.  Learn compromising


When working on a project, one of the most important things is to compromise. There will be some situations, where you need to compromise in order to have a better result. Never think that by compromising you let your partner walk over you. All depends on your attitude, if you learn compromising in the right situations, everything will be just fine.


So, here are the 10 things that designers and developers should do in order to work better together. Do you have some experience in this field? If so, please share your ideas and thoughts with us in the comments below.


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