My marketing and design team is looking for a small agency or couple of freelancers to help us build our new marketing sites and CMS, and to my amazement and frustration it is VERY difficult to find people or agencies with the right skills or experience.
Either they are very low-quality WordPress plugin churning cookie-cutter blog makers, or they are super-agencies known worldwide that do absolutely amazing work that is way out of our budget or needs.
Where do you guys go to find talented website developers? We have a great design already, we just need people who know how to build a slick, responsive, modern website with a simple CMS attached.
I am having similar difficulties with hiring a front end designer/developer for our web app. Everyone markets themselves as just a designer (very little coding skills), or as a full-stack developer focused more on the logic side of things and less on the actual presentation and performance.
Where the hell are the people in between? People who both understand Photoshop/Illustrator and HTML/CSS? Are they all hired by the fancy agencies? Where do I look for them? Is knowing how to play with SASS, SVG, and some simple JS too much to ask?
Honestly I just want to hire all of you talented folks I see here who have skills in both design and code.