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Designers and Developers: Time to Give Thanks

Steve Susina • November 25, 2013

At this time of the year, it is easy to rattle off things for which we are thankful—family, friends, health. But what about coworkers? Well, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we caught up with Mark Rattin, Director of Experience Design, and Lawrence Walters, Director of Demandware Development, to see why designers and developers are thankful for one another.

Here’s what they had to say:

Mark is thankful for developers because they usually have obscure music and musical instruments to share with others (can you say Theremin?). Developers are the only people with whom designers can have deep conversations about the validity of “the prime directive,” or if the greatest age of Middle-earth was the age of Dwarf, Elf, or Man. Developers not only have interesting t-shirts which designers admire, but also have collections of desktop toys and artifacts that rival those of designers and which designers covet. Finally, developers appreciate the latest app or unique web experience, and both groups can talk about it with equal passion and from completely different perspectives, serving as learning experiences for both.

As a developer, Lawrence is thankful for designers because they can spend all day looking at little boxes on big screens without going crazy (but maybe they are a little crazy to begin?). Designers have Japanese whiskey in their desk drawers. Designers also contribute to projects because they know how someone actually shops on a site, a skill about which developers have no clue; unless, of course it is shopping on a site that sells snarky “lolcat” t-shirts. Continuing with the feline theme, without designers, there would be no cat memes on the internet. In conclusion, the designers at lyonscg put out an amazing amount of great work which developers here admire.

As you can see, there is plenty for which to be thankful, even when it comes to the workplace! All of us here at lyonscg would like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

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