I'm Zafer Onay,
I officially call myself a Front End Developer, but have a long history of web design work too. In my experience, it is best to concentrate solely on one aspect of creating a website whilst still having applicable knowledge of other areas (such as design) to be of the most value.
Although I no longer take on projects that are solely design now, I believe I can provide valuable design experience to a project, aim to achieve the same level of vision as a designer would and am just as comfortable working with Adobe Illustrator and Fireworks as I am writing code.
In many front end development roles and projects, I have been the center figure between the design and back end development teams. To have a good understanding of both disciplines has been hugely beneficial. I often use WordPress to allow for content management of many of the sites I create.
I believe that creative problems are best solved by applying strong conceptual thinking with minimal design principles. The result strives to be honest, effective and memorable. I also believe in drinking Beer as much as possible.