Ask DN: Where are all the UI engineers?

over 7 years ago from Mattan Ingram,

  • Tyler Cecchi, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Seeing as you are looking for someone to replace you, and you call yourself a Product Designer, shouldn't you be looking for other Product Designers and not UI Engineers? Although like others have said CSS is sort of an ancillary skill to front-end development or design. I don't know many people who specialize in it simply because the demand for that specialization is not high and the scope of work is somewhat limited creatively if you don't own the design itself. I don't know anyone who would want to specialize in CSS but not be involved in creating the design. Your best bet might be looking for a designer who has great CSS ability.

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    • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      That is what I would like, but I also can't find it. Someone who is BOTH a good designer AND a good CSS writer sounds amazing. Where do I find them? Most of the designers I see focus on mockups and prototyping, not coding up the feature (and that's fine, just not what I need).

      We are a startup with limited resources. I am both a product designer AND UI engineer. I do mockups, and then I code them up in HTML/CSS with JS help from the front-end devs.

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      • Daniel De LaneyDaniel De Laney, over 7 years ago

        We exist! I don’t know anyone willing to move to NY, but if you’re open to remote I have a couple of names for you.

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        • Bryce HowitsonBryce Howitson, over 7 years ago

          Agreed we do exist! But being a Unicorn means you get to be really picky.

          Personally moving my family just so I can stare at a computer screen in the office instead of home/coffee shop/beach is a deal breaker.

          The sooner organizations embrace remote work (esp for things like this) the sooner they'll discover the massive amt of talent that really does exist.

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          • Philip AmourPhilip Amour, over 7 years ago

            Completely agreed on this. I'm in a similar position - currently working both full-time on-site as well as part-time remotely; however, I'll be definitively looking for a remote role after my full-time is over.

            Ignoring remote means that you will have to pick from much smaller pool of talent just for the convenience of having someone physically sit with the other people in the office. I've experienced much more communication problems in on-site roles than in all of my remote career. I wish more companies would embrace remote and stop associating it with outsourced cheap labor and low quality work.

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      • Account deleted over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

        Designer and coder is possible. Product Manager with strong UX and very good coding, or I'd say -"nearly" a programmer - it's a misunderstanding. Sounds like cutting costs.

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