At a bit of a crossroads...

over 4 years ago from , Creatix Online Marketing

Hey everyone,

I'm at a bit of a crossroads, and wanted to hear your thoughts on something. I've been freelancing/consulting as a designer/developer throughout college, and I graduated a month ago, I'm looking to go in-house at either a product team or agency (I prefer product because I love continuous improvement of one things vs quickly moving on to the next thing.) mainly for the stable income and benefits (I'm turning 26 soon as will lose benefits through my dad's employer).

The big decision in my mind is that I don't know whether I should work as a product designer or a front-end developer. Since my current body of design work is for small businesses, I'll need to redo my portfolio if I'm going to the design route, or do more dev projects and put them on my github profile if I'm going the front-end dev route.

What are your thoughts? Even just having a conversation would help me immensely.


  • Chris KalaniChris Kalani, over 4 years ago

    I made this mistake once in my career. I had always worked primarily as a designer but did a good amount of dev as well. I took a job as a front-end developer at a big agency and regretted it almost immediately. By the time the work got to me it was too late for me to influence it and I had to build shitty designs that I didn't agree with. I was there for 4 months and never made that mistake again.

    Join as a product designer. It's much easier to blur the lines when you're further up the funnel. In fact most teams will welcome your technical skills. Happy to chat more about my experience if you want to reach out via email.

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  • Hrag ChanchanianHrag Chanchanian, over 4 years ago

    Hey man,

    If you're skilled in both, there are definitely opportunities out there that give you the best of both worlds. I've been designing and coding at virtually all of my roles at companies, and most of it has been on the product side... I feel like it's more common at smaller companies though.

    I've been at this crossroads before. If you're anything like me, you'll miss coding after a long bout of designing, and vise-versa.

    Either way, best of luck and remember to always try and do stuff you truly enjoy.

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  • Darian RosebrookDarian Rosebrook, over 4 years ago

    You love continuous improvement. Being a designer who gets to prototype sounds like it could be good for you.

    Would you be going into more digital product design then? I mean, physical product design would be cool too, but if you plan on using digital stuff, I think product design will satisfy your itch for it.

    Especially with digital product design, having a background in code is a huge plus. (I know enough front end development to launch my own products with their own websites e.g. compassofdesign.com).

    Having your portfolio reflect your process could be really good too. I went to your twitter and it looked like Creatix website was unable to load at the moment...

    Is there another place we could see your current portfolio?

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    • Adam Rasheed, over 4 years ago

      By product design I meant UI/UX design :) - Also, there was a hosting mixup for my site. Empty your cache and refresh. My site definitely has more case study type projects which you're looking for. Other than that, you can check out my dribbble or Behance.

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  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, over 4 years ago

    Engineering can often make more money faster if that helps.

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