Rebekah Cox, employee number one at Quora sheds some insight on how she re-thought what being a designer at Quora meant.

This has all sorts of ramifications on what it means to be a designer at Quora. It means that you must understand the craft of creating something that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functionally pleasing, and at its best, subconsciously pleasing.

Some tools to accomplish these goals include:

-Having a designer involved as early as possible and with as much authority and responsibility as possible

-Giving designers some expectations normally reserved for product managers

-Setting the expectation that designers should care deeply about the product

-Fostering ownership for the rules and rationale for every UI component

-Actively resisting the urge to build UI for UI’s sake, and instead focusing singularly on the product’s goals.