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.

-Toby

On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 1:21 PM, Isarra Yos <zhoris...@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.
>
> Thanks.
>
> -I
>
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