Ask DN: Where are all the UI engineers?

almost 6 years ago from Mattan Ingram, http://mattaningram.com

  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, almost 6 years ago

    I don't see the point on being there. Do CSS/HAML and other things are pure execution rather than grupal research. You can have this part done remotely very nicely, if you workflow is defined (ex. Github code review, Basecamp, Jira, etc.)

    D

    0 points
    • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

      I actually completely disagree. I don't like the approach of speccing out a feature and just having someone else execute. We are a startup of around 25 people with only a few devs and one designer. We don't have the luxury of doing multiple mockup iterations, perfectly speccing it, and getting someone to do CSS to match the pixels.

      Saying CSS/HTML are just pure execution completely undersells the complexities of user interaction, the changes that happen when a design actually becomes interactive, and the feedback you get from your team as they start using the prototype.

      I usually am simultaneously mocking things up and coding the initial prototype, and then we iterate on the prototype and a lot of decisions are made during that process that can significantly change the feature. We don't have the luxury of having something finalized/tested/specced before building it. Design and development are essentially one team here, and they are a lot better for it.

      I find a lot of discussions about web development don't take into account small startups with limited resources. We have an enormously complex and polished web app and we do it without any of the crazy number of steps other people go through.

      2 points
      • Martin BavioMartin Bavio, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

        All you have said is correct. Which doesn't mean that it can't be done remotely. :)

        0 points
      • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, almost 6 years ago

        bq. Saying CSS/HTML are just pure execution completely undersells the complexities of user interaction, the changes that happen when a design actually becomes interactive, and the feedback you get from your team as they start using the prototype.

        Excuse me, sir, but being a good coder doesn't mean you can't demo the power of CSS/HAML, things can be improved, but in my opinion, you will never discover a gold mine by being present in a room. You will discover the goldmine when you really dig into the problem and offer a good solution.

        1 point