Two Product Designers on a Team


Generally, I’m a fan of small cross-functional teams where there is one designer on the team responsible for the design work. It isn’t without it’s flaws though. For example, a less experienced designer can struggle without the appropriate coaching.

Potential Models

  1. Master, Apprentice - a more senior designer leads the work while partnering and coaching the less experienced designer.
  2. UX and UI Role Split - one designer focuses more on UX end of the spectrum while the other focuses more on the UI.
  3. Agency - each take a project and own it end to end
  4. Master Agency Hybrid - each own specific a projects but the other designer is secondary on it. So all work is completed in a pair but decision maker is made clear upfront. Best used when product designers are of equal experience.