Paris was quite the experience and an amazing place for any trip. My recent visit there on my honeymoon opened my eyes to the great differences between cultures and countries. Some places like here in Canada may seem behind in technology, but we are ahead in many others including research and certain social aspects.
In a recent attempt to try and implement a version control system for my design team it dawned on me that there appears to be a lack of support for creating systems for front-end designers at large companies. It is quite possible that in this article I may be generalizing my experience so feel free to comment on what I've written here.
Forking out the cash for a good designer is never easy and even more difficult when you're not sure what to look for or even exactly why you are hiring one. The value of what designers bring to the table is (and definitely not limited to) the analysis, interpretation, and application of graphic and interactive knowledge.
How do you put a price on the value of design? There are many factors that contribute to answering this question and it doesn't have anything to with how many years you have been in the industry designing sites.