Answer by Joel Marsh:
Wow. You are probably ignoring a lot of perfectly good UX designers because YOU don’t really understand what a UX designer actually does.
First of all, someone can do UX for their entire career without ever writing interface code or designing anything that looks pretty.
And that person might be an excellent UX designer.
If a UX designer can code, great. If they can also design UI, great. But those are not “required” skills for a UX designer.
Second of all, UX is not better when there are “no boundaries”. Truly impressive UX design includes lots of boundaries, and the UX designer is responsible for defining and working within those boundaries.
Art is about possibilities. Design is about solving problems. And working with a great team is more liberating in terms of the final solution than building your own shit on the weekends.
You’re thinking of UI. Not UX.
Whether their portfolio is WordPress or Tumblr or Cargo Collective or a PDF file is almost irrelevant in UX as long as you can read it, understand it, and easily use it to view the project material.
Deliverables for a UX designer are usually wireframes and technical specifications, user research and insights, data analysis and behavioural profiles, and most importantly: quantifiable results.
Note that NONE of those things need to look nice or require coding.