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To learn more about design levels and how various companies structure them:

  • Intercom’s individual contributor design levels and design manager levels, in addition to being open available and detailed, have specific objectives and growth tasks tied to each level.

  • Basecamp’s Titles for Designers. Although Basecamp is a small company by startup standards, their design framework is rigorous. Aside from describing what are the different expectations of designers, it also publicly lists the names of designers at those levels.

  • DoorDash’s Head of Design, Helena Seo, shares her thinking and approach toward creating a leveling system at the company.

  •, a collection of open source company ladders, includes some for design, such as BuzzFeed and Zendesk, among many others.

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