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Discussion on: Can you excel at front-end with average UI design skill?

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Luke Westby • Edited

One way to understand the process is that work on components is a place where the line is blurred between the two. Designers write code to build components, and engineers use intuition from working on components to make decisions about the visual character of other components. For us it frequently happens at the same time through pair programming.

Another way to look at it is that creating components is a very small part of building a frontend application. Engineers have to then use those components and connect them to data and business rules in order to make an application. Most of our front end engineering time is spent here.