Hi Isarra --
I can clarify the way design is organized at the Foundation; the actual org
page I'll have to leave to someone else.
There are currently designers sitting in the vertical teams, but as the
teams themselves are organized slightly differently, it's hard to
For example, the reading design team is composed of the designers and
engineers that work on Wikipedia and sister sites' reading experiences and
discovery is organized the same way. In editing, the designers are in the
various product teams.
There are two teams that provide support to all of the audiences teams --
Design Research and UX Standardization. Design Research lives under
Research and UX Standardization is in Reading.
This is a start; happy to provide more clarifications.
On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 1:21 PM, Isarra Yos <zhorishna(a)gmail.com> wrote:
From time to time I see references to the 'design
team' on lists and on
phabricator. But what does this really mean now? As I understood it, the
previous monolithic Design Team was essentially disbanded toward the
beginning of the year, with the designers themselves distributed amongst
the other WMF teams in order to more directly integrate their services into
the development workflow (which sounds like a pretty good idea to me, at
least, since design is such an integral part of most development). Did this
happen? According to
, there seem to
still be two teams now with the word 'design' in their names, Reading
Design and Design Research, though these both seem to have somewhat more
specialised functions than just general design, namely Reading (sounds like
front-end non-interactive mw stuff, the visuals perhaps?) and Research.
So what is the 'design team'? Is it one of these, though the teams only
have 5 and 4 people on them, respectively? Is it just WMF designers in
As much as this is also just a plea to please be more specific, if you
have an actual answer, or if you have been saying this, please, speak up,
share your experience and where you're coming from. As confusing as it is,
I suspect a discussion of what and why this has been going on could also
clear up quite a bit.
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