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Not true at all. You tie your risk into multiple factors that can go wrong.

It's easier to replace one entity with another, than several parts.

Knowing the SDK and design elements beats a designer that only knows design.

And the API consumer would probably develop a better API than some guy who generally doesn't consume most of his API for a living. That being said, that assumes the front-end guy also knows back-end. Rare, but exists. points to self

I generally dislike "Mobile UX, UI, IOS Design expert" if they can't code their design. Either for Cocoa or (S)CSS CS/JS depending on platform.

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