Design/UX Team Structure

almost 6 years ago from Matt Felten, Design System Lead at YouCaring

  • Matt FeltenMatt Felten, almost 6 years ago

    Thanks Joshua. Immensely helpful. It's hard to look past short-term needs (Holy crap! I need help) to make sure you're hiring the best people.

    Did you have front-end developer specialists on your team(s) or did you only have designers and "unicorns"?

    Aside: Is there really not a better term for "unicorn" yet?

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    • Joshua SortinoJoshua Sortino, almost 6 years ago

      I really hope there's a better term than unicorn! I only use it because its meaning is recognized throughout the tech industry.

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      • Matt FeltenMatt Felten, over 5 years ago

        Yeah, not a slight against you at all. It's pretty ubiquitous now. I just can't help thinking I'm saying "UI Rockstar!" or something.

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    • Joshua SortinoJoshua Sortino, over 5 years ago

      And to answer your question... we hire both. Some designers on the team code, some do not. If they're good at what they do, you'll find (or they'll find) where they fit in.

      Like I said, the more a designer codes, the less they design. If you really need help and you can't find a "unicorn", maybe you should consider hiring both a front-end engineer and a designer? If you don't think there's enough design work to go around, hiring a design contractor (and a full-time front-end engineer) might be a better route.

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