• J.T. TrollmanJ.T. Trollman, over 9 years ago

    How do the product designers at Pinterest divide themselves up amongst the platforms? Do designers arrange yourselves to be platform-specific (i.e. a team on iOS, a team on Android, and so on), or feature-specific (i.e. someone on search, someone on map pins, etc.)?

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    • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

      We've moved away from platform-specific designers to area-specific designers. There are designers on the Discovery team, the Pins team, and so forth.

      The problem with platform-specific designers is that a lot of our work isn't platform specific, they go across everything. If a feature designer made something and someone didn't agree with it, it was easy for platforms to diverge based on opinion.

      This year, we're going to try building full-stack teams. I'm a designer on the Pins team, which will have its own iOS engineers, Android engineers, backend engineers, etc. Hopefully, we can move much faster in this formation than we did in last year's.

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