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What makes someone a good front-end developer?

We recently covered this exact same thing, but from the perspective of a bunch of developers.

Chris Ferdinandi weighs in:

The least important skills for a front-end developer to have are technical ones.

The nuances of JavaScript. How to use a particular library, framework, or build tool. How the cascade in CSS works. Semantic HTML. Fizz-buzz.

Chris takes that a little farther than I would. I do think that with an understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, the … Read article

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Solving Life’s Problems with CSS

Or: When all you have is a CSS hammer, the world looks like a CSS nail.

Whenever I hear a perfectly nice comment like, "Yeah, representing the tech field!" in response to my pure-CSS art, I get a sharp feeling of panic.

Like many people who work on UIs for a living, I have difficulty applying the "tech" term to myself without feeling like a fraud. Impostor syndrome is a hard thing to shake. A front-end specialist? Oh, you … Read article

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The spectrum of design roles in 2018

Job titles is a regular topic around here. Occasionally heated, as job titles play a role in the hiring process (why are you asking me React questions for this UX design position role?). And complicated by the fact that there is no agreed-upon standards and the loads of people and companies who don't take them seriously (we just want people who do a good job, make your title whatever you want it to be). Complicated again … Read article

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Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Roller Coaster of Job Searching

Hey there! It's Lara, author of the infamous"Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions" from a couple years back. If you haven't read that original article, I recommend skimming it to give you some context for this one, but I think you'll still find value here even if you don't.

A lot has happened since I wrote that article in 2015, and this follow-up has been in the works for a good … Read article

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“lives in a sort of purgatory”

Brad Frost:

A front-end designer ... lives in a sort of purgatory between worlds:

  • They understand UX principles and best practices, but may not spend their time conducting research, creating flows, and planning scenarios
  • They have a keen eye for aesthetics, but may not spend their time pouring over font pairings, comparing color palettes, or creating illustrations and icons.
  • They can write JavaScript, but may not spend their time writing application-level code, wiring up middleware, or debugging.
  • They understand the
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Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About The Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions

The following is a guest post by Lara Schenck. I heard her tell this story at a CodePen Meetup in New York. I saw an awful lot of nodding heads. It's a fact that there is some trouble in this industry with job titles, descriptions, interviewing, and that whole rigmarole. Check out this story from Lara, then follow her, as I'm sure this isn't the end of this discussion.Read article

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Job Titles in the Web Industry

There are loads of job titles in our industry. The opinion on their usefulness range from harmful (i.e. leads to “not my job” syndrome) to vital (i.e. people change companies sometimes and need common language). Since they are out there and we use them, there should be some consistency to their definition. Perhaps we can get closer to nailing that down.

Let's light this fire, shall we? This is all debatable, of course.… Read article

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