Many of my fellow entrepreneurs seem to share my predicament. They tell me how they hire 3 different people:
- the first one to do the UI storyboards (in Visio or some graphic tool, or even paper);
- a second person who converts it to HTML, changing where needed to see what's really possible in HTML, finding appropriate tools/controls for combos, etc., but adding hard-coded links to show page transitions; and
- the third, to convert remove the hard-coded links from HTML before implementing JSP.
In the last 8 years, I have personally found only one person really skilled and able to do it all in HTML/JSP, with phenomenal productivity (about 3 times more productive than all the three combined). Yet, he seems to be charging the same as the first one who only does storyboarding. In sum, he's a huge bargain, given how talented and productive he is. But ... he's also very busy.
So, I'm always in a dilemma- should I find someone else to do my UI? And then the harder question- can I find someone I can afford who is equally good? So far, the answer has been a resounding 'No'.
Why are good UI architects so rare?