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The New York Times’ Natalya Shelburne: Bridging the designer and developer divide by building trust
Natalya Shelburne, Tech Lead for Design Engineering at The New York Times, sits at a fascinating crossroad of design and development. She leads a team of front-end developers and brings her own experience as a designer and art director to her current role.
We chat with Natalya about her move from design to front-end dev, and some of the fears she faced along the way. We also talk about her approach to bridging design and dev, and what she brings from her prior career as a teacher into product design.
Ways to approach the unnecessary dichotomy between designers and engineers
Why respect is key to developing good cross-functional partnerships
How to overcome fear of moving into a technical role as a designer