Tom is a Croatia-born, London-based product design consultant, speaker, Techstars mentor, and stand-up comedian with over 14 years of experience across the digital and organizational landscape. He's a creative entrepreneur, running a product design and development agency and building a next-generation UX research startup. He co-founded a global community of freelancers, Indie Club, and hosts a podcast under the same name, sharing stories from his experience and from people on a similar journey.
Demand within the web design scene today has changed over the past few years: designers with front-end skills, and front-end developers with design skills, are more and more in demand. Yes, you could argue that the jobs are completely different—and maybe you straight-up don't like one of them—but truth be told, in my six years as a freelance web developer and twelve years as a designer, I’ve learned that it's much harder to get by as just a web designer or just a front-end developer.
Wearing both hats has a lot of advantages: from a professional perspective alone, you can find work more easily and charge a higher rate because you’re bringing more to the table.