Instead of hiring a unicorn designer, Square Crypto is now helping foster a “super unicorn” Bitcoin design community.
After all, according to the team, “Great design is essential to the adoption of new technologies.”
Fifteen months after Square Crypto first came into existence, the company will kickstart a new community of bitcoin designers. They will now offer grants to designers as well, which will last six months. Their existing grant program already gives developers the resources to focus exclusively on Bitcoin.
According to Square Crypto, the designer community of bitcoin is a growing one but also disconnected and underfunded.
Back in May 2019 at the time when Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey first announced that Square is hiring crypto engineers and a designer, he had emphasized that the crypto ecosystem is an “underfunded area.”
“Great design will help more people access this technology faster and better. And we want to see more work to educate,” he said.
As such, instead of hiring one full-time designer, they are building a decentralized Bitcoin design community that won’t be run by Square's crypto division. The official announcement reads,
“We expect this community to consist of freelance designers, designers who work full-time at bitcoin companies, and designers who are curious about bitcoin but not sure where to apply their skills.”
To participate, or join the Bitcoin Design Slack workspace to engage in discussions with fellow designers, contribute to a bitcoin design guide — with a focus on best practices for user onboarding, payments, private key management, and other areas where bitcoin’s UX currently lacks.
Here, designers also provide feedback on others' work and contribute user experience research to open-source projects such as Bitcoin Core, BTCPay Server, and Bisq.
If you’re wondering whether we’ll announce more grants in the next month than we have in the last year, the answer is that’s a strange thing to wonder about. And yes.
— Square Crypto (@sqcrypto) June 25, 2020