Does it make sense for me to learn Adobe Illustrator?
January 22, 2011 10:01 AM Subscribe
I am a back and front end web developer - primarily a coder (that's my background) but can also hold my own in html/css/UX/GUI design. But I don't know the first thing about vector graphics. It it plausible for me to learn Adobe Illustrator? Is it worth it?
posted by tempythethird to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Though I'm primarily a coder, contrary to the stereotype I don't think I'm particularly aesthetically challenged. I can deal with raster graphics, color combinations, I can take a decent photo, can somewhat sketch. And I enjoy expressing myself visually. But I've never attempted vector graphics.
In my work, as soon as I need the most trivial of squiggles, I go running to a designer. Now, I don't pretend that I can replace a true graphic/UX designer, and I will always collaborate with them on the big things (overall look/feel of projects, logos, font choices, etc.) But I wish I could do what they do just enough to be able to make little trivial things on my own.
Is this a misguided way to think? Is nothing really trivial? Would getting up to speed with vector graphics take more time and effort than its worth? Is this a hat that a coder should not attempt to wear? If I should dive in, where do I start?