Where to find "medium" level design agencies/talent?

over 8 years ago from , http://mattaningram.com

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.


  • Nick SloggettNick Sloggett, over 8 years ago

    Focus Lab - Bill

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  • Nick Wittwer, over 8 years ago

    Hey Mattan! With the vast amount of agencies and talent out there, you'd expect there to be a better/easier way to find them. One problem is that because there are simply so many people doing work in this field, it has become highly-saturated. So much so that it is hard to distinguish the great from the good- especially just from their website.

    As you mentioned, most companies do either design or development, but rarely both. This has pros and cons of its own, but for clients it makes the process of getting a product done more challenging because you'll have to find both a design and a development firm.

    That said, I'll shamelessly point you towards the firm I'm working at right now: CyberSpark. We do everything you've listed above. Our new projects are responsive websites (mainly) built on WordPress. We design and develop themes from scratch for our clients.

    We can do both the front-end design and the back-end, implementing it with WordPress CMS. We use SASS, and are well-versed with JS (and jQuery). We have used SVGs in the past but nothing extravagant.

    Would be happy to get in touch and see if we're the droids you're looking for!

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    • Luca Candela, over 8 years ago

      Piece of feedback: I would be a little more careful about your portfolio pieces. If you don't have anything better at the moment, do a showcase site for a fake company or something like that. Based on what you show now I would be reluctant to select you. Take it or leave it, but you might use the feedback.

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  • Guillaume GosselinGuillaume Gosselin, over 8 years ago

    Hi, I think I have the profil your looking for. I'm a French Canadian Web/print designer, and I have learned how to use Webflow.com and Webhook.com together to achieve great responsive website powered by this simple and customizable cms (webhook.com).

    Maybe you can email me to get in touch : guillaume@bauhem.com

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    • Mattan Ingram, over 8 years ago

      Hi Guillaume, I appreciate the offer, but we are primarily looking for the site to be built in HTML/CSS straight up, not through a WYSIWYG editor like Webflow.

      I am fairly anal about our code, and I want to be able to dive in and work on whatever the freelancers or agency end up providing us. Writing it in SASS/LESS/Stylus is a bare minimum ask for example.

      Webflow and Webhook are very cool tools though, I am sure there is a lot you can do with them.

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