Livia Labate is a user experience manager with 20-years of experience in digital product design working for companies like the BBC, Comcast and Marriott. Recently, Livia took a break from a fruitful career as a design manager to spend a year as a Knight-Mozilla Fellow at NPR working on open-source tools for journalism, followed by the Knight Foundation Prototype Grant-funded Carebot, developing meaningful analytics for newsrooms.
IA Summit 2016 Main Conference Talk
As designers begin to understand the practical utility of writing code as a tool of design practice, the obstacles to skill building—due to the different mental model programming demands—become a barrier to entry, requiring designers to reframe how they think about work (and their own learning).
- Coding is not programming
- Coding is a design skill like interviewing or conducting usability testing
- When it comes to coding, programmers mental models’ differ from designers’
- Programmers needs and mental model frame all coding education and training
- Designers have to reframe their own learning process to master coding