As an Industry™, we have yet to find a title for those who work on the "front-of-the-front-end". My last post detailed the job description of a UX Engineer and I believe that to be a fitting title for someone who works on the front-of-the-front-end, but at the end of the day, I don't mind what we call this role, as long as we collectively decide on something. I'm tired of getting tongue tied when describing myself as a front-of-the-front-end-developer!
Since Chris Coyier wrote The Great Divide back in early 2019, there's been a lot of talk about titles, roles, job descriptions, and what front-end development is and how it's splintered into so many different direcitons, for better or for worse.
We may not have titles and descriptions completely ironed just yet, but I'm happy we're having these conversations and moving the needle. I'm starting to see a lot more job postings with the titles like UX Engineer, Design Systems Engineer, and even Design Engineer.
Here's some recent articles related to the topic I enjoyed reading:
- The Web is Big Enough for Everyone
- Front-of-the-front-end and back-of-the-front-end web development
- Design engineer
- I think I might be a design engineer...
...Along with a joke to finish this post:
Two front-end developers are sitting at a bar. They have nothing to talk about.