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This is a great idea. One of the biggest factors in the success in free
software projects is clear leadership. Design especially requires a cohesive
vision and direction in order to be successful, so actually creating
positions for this is essential. 

Several people have noted that LibreOffice design has few volunteers, which
ironically is exactly why creating these positions is so important. Design
leadership attracts talent. These leads could put forward and enforce an
overall vision for LibreOffice and make it easier for new contributors to
get involved. 

If you look at the projects that produce good design, like GNOME and
elementary, a common attribute is having people who are competent and
opinionated about design who can put forward a singular vision that defines
all of the work. KDE seems to be adopting a modified version of this
approach with their visual design group, and the results look promising,
except that their approach is more centered on community involvement, which
I think is the direction LibreOffice needs to go.

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