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Design title levels like: Designer 1, Designer 2, and then Senior Designer, is…

March 9, 2018 at 5:36pm

Design title levels like: Designer 1, Designer 2, and then Senior Designer, is that normal?

March 9, 2018 at 5:36pm
Hello, I was wondering if anyone here has experienced having levels within their design team. I was always aware of the jump from designer or junior designer to senior designer. I have not seen Designer 1, Designer 2 and Designer 3 before a senior designer title. Is this normal for a startup?

March 9, 2018 at 5:37pm
Strange, haven't seen this anywhere before. Maybe it's an internal thing?
a lot of companies have number levels, usually not in combination with nominal titles, but it kinda makes sense?
it feels like a way to say Intern/NewGrad, Junior Designer, Designer without saying Junior or Intern/NewGrad
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Rafa and Kevin actually talked about this exact topic here http://layout.fm/episodes/93
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Pretty common especially at larger companies (Haven’t seen it at the smaller startups I’ve been with). Sometimes it’s also tied to pay scale. So Product Designer II might be your internal designation (although probably not what you’d call yourself externally), and may indicate pay scale OR level of responsibility/ accountability.
Justification I’ve heard for that recently is that orgs don’t want to create a hierarchy or let people pull rank or whatever. Everyone has the same title, even though not everyone has same responsibilities, etc.
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These are interesting points. thanks guys!
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April 18, 2018 at 8:17am
Designer 101, Designer 201, Designer 301, Bachelor Designer, Master Designer, Doctoral Designer ;)
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April 23, 2018 at 11:39pm
I work for LinkedIn...and we have it for design
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May 30, 2018 at 10:17pm
I have a similar situation for developers, i.e. Dev I, Dev II, Dev III, Senior Developer
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July 30, 2018 at 5:58pm
We have a similar thing in PlayStation, at least for designers. Designer I, Designer II, Senior Designer, Lead, Principal