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 understand.

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@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 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors, 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 general?

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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