The Gap between UX/Design and Development: The Design Engineer

Egor Kloos on closing the gap between design and development:

I have never worked anywhere where there wasn’t someone trying to close the gap. This role is often filled in accidentally, and companies are totally unaware of the need. Recruiters have never heard of it, and IT consultancies don’t have the capability in their roster. We now name the role “Design Engineer” because the gap is widening, and the role has become too complex to not exist.

I like to consider The Gap as the part in the organisation where I thrive the most, spanning up to the role of Backend Developer and with an eye for UX and Design.

Don’t wholeheartedly agree with the fact that the role is entirely new though: when I started out professionally 15+ years ago, we called this person “The Slicer” instead of the Design Engineer / UI Engineer.

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Bramus is a Freelance Web Developer from Belgium. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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