• Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Hopefully, I can offer some insight. I ran a web firm for a few years and I was the owner, CEO and lead web designer.

    I think the best way to think about it is that while you can be a great designer and front-end developer its always going to tear you between disciplines. As project load grows, you get less and less time to be a perfectionist yourself and you must trust other people to maintain the quality.

    While it depends on the projects and level of management you have to do: Its generally going to be better for you to find a really great front-end engineer. Being a designer that can speak an engineer's language is a HUGE asset but its so tough to be great at both with so little time to focus.

    I think there are many ways to go about it. My personal experience taught me to keep an eye on design, keep em' honest but find someone who is totally focused on front-end that you can trust to keep up the quality otherwise you will stress yourself out and have so many problems that it will be hard to focus on one.

    Good Luck :)

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