Open Source Design core team

(Jan-Christoph Borchardt) #1

This thread is to write down the ways in which we are organized. While we aim for as little hierarchical structure as possible, some core team is needed and this is to document it as transparent as possible. Feedback welcome :slight_smile:

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Open Source Design is a collective of designers and other design-minded people pushing to connect open source and design more.

Everyone is welcome and there is no formal membership. The core team acts as a sort of steering group.

Being in the core team is based on:

  • Amount of time being active in the collective. At least a year of activity in whichever way: event organization, code, forum activity, advocacy, etc.
  • Steady activity and engagement in the community.
  • History of good decisions and commitment to openness.
  • Other people of the core group having met them in person or having had a call with them and vouching for them.

The current people in this group are:



Being in the core team means that these people are

:love_letter: Core email address recipients

  • core at opensourcedesign dot net – used for outside communication, and recipient of Code of Conduct mails
  • We need to set up redirects for each person, firstname at opensourcedesign dot net so we can individually list people on the code of conduct page without leaking their email address.
  • Additionally, for our application as affiliate of the Open Source Initiative, they are asking for one specific person of contact. We could define this representative and have an address representative at opensourcedesign dot net

:eye:‍ Internal Signal group members

  • Used for private matters which don’t go in the forum
  • If we would have the possibility to have more admins on Discourse, we could possibly get rid of this group and instead discuss in a private Staff category of Discourse. (The 5 admins restriction is because our Discourse instance is graciously hosted by Discourse cc @erlend_sh)

:speech_balloon: Discourse forum admins

:woman_technologist: Github organization owners

:money_with_wings: OpenCollective core contributors

  • Listed at
  • This does not require financial donation, but is of course welcome. :slight_smile:
  • It does give the power to approve (or deny) expenses which are submitted.
  • (Expenses which are submitted should be discussed before actually ordering, which it also says in the description.)

(evalica) #2

Since in GitHub we don’t have any count restrictions, we could add everyone from the core group to owners.

(evalica) #3

Not really sure how to activate this. It’s stated as ‘NO’ in Administration, but there is no ‘edit’ for the field.

(evalica) #4

There are also:

  • some domain admins responsibilities
  • there were also some IRC channel owners, but we kind of stepped back in using it