Denise I’m a little confused by your response. You say “I think it’s beneficial for anyone working in product development to know basic front end” and “EVERYONE in the product team should be aware of basic HTML CSS and JS” which appear to support what I’m saying, but then in the same thought you say “this article wasn’t a strong case as to why designers who code are more valuable”.
So which is it? Do you think designers are more valuable if they know code or not? You seem to be saying both.
Also, keep in mind that I’ve specifically mentioned this is from a freelance design perspective, where more often than not a designer is not part of a large product development team. In that context, being a deep generalist who can cover more aspects of a projects is absolutely more valuable — I can say this from years of personal experience delivering on projects I would not have even landed had I not had that range of skills.
So I’m not sure why you’d roll your eyes at the idea of designer who can code being more valuable, when my own personal experience and countless others supports that sentiment. Perhaps not ALL designers who can code or more valuable. But for myself I know for a fact it’s certainly increased my value to my clients.