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About the UX & Design Team

Hi, Oi, Hola 👋

Our mission is to make Tor usable for everyone by promoting the principles of human-centered design throughout the Tor Project, and the wider community too. Though small, we're a full-stack design team encompassing the following disciplines:

  • Experience (UX) design
  • Product (UI) design
  • Ethical user research
  • Brand design


The UX Team includes volunteers from across the globe who collaborate with the following core contributors:

name position email IRC
Duncan UX Team Lead duncan at torproject dot org donuts
Nah User Researcher nah at torproject dot org nah
Nico Brand Designer nicob at torproject dot org nicob
Antonela Core Contributor antonela at torproject dot org antonela

If you'd like to contribute to open user research at the Tor Project, we'd love to have you! Please see our checklist for new volunteers and join us at one of our future team meetings.



We hold open meetings on IRC every Tuesday at 1700 UTC in #tor-meeting on the OFTC network. User Experience team meetings are an open space for discussion about ethical user research, user interface design and the user experience of privacy-enhancing products. If you've never been on IRC before, here are some instructions to get started.

Should you be unable to attend a UX Team meeting but would still like to reach out on IRC, you can find us lurking in the #tor-ux channel on weekdays from around 1400–2200 UTC. However, please keep any discussion in this channel on-topic, and see #tor for general user support instead.

By email

Our asynchronous medium of communication is the mailing list. This list is public in the sense that anyone can subscribe, send emails and read the archives. Please feel free to subscribe regardless of whether you'd like to participate in the conversation directly, or just lurk and listen.

Alternatively, if you'd like to email the team privately please use our team alias: ux-team at torproject dot org.

On the forum

We're also active on the Tor Project forum. Although there isn't a dedicated section for the UX Team, we typically monitor and reply to posts in the Tor Browser Feedback, Tor Browser Alpha Feedback and Website Feedback sections, alongside recent Tor Browser release posts within the News section.

Priorities 2023

  • Tor Browser Release cycles
  • Support the fundraising team with their design needs
  • User research in China, Ecuador, Mexico and Brazil
  • Launch Tor VPN

Non-sponsored projects

  • Developer Portal
  • Annual report <-- March
  • Replace Tor icon suite
  • Year-End Campaign in Q3 & Q4
  • Tor Browser releases
  • Revamp the Donate site in Q3

Sponsor 9 (before June 30)

  • Redesign download page <-- user research in target countries by partners. (Q1 and Q2)
  • User Research in target countries

Sponsor 30 (before May 31st)

  • O3.5: Analyze user research pain points findings and design initial solutions to usability challenges.
    • A1: Review and analyze user feedback; identify common challenges; and create personas and user stories.
    • A2: UX and engineering teams explore potential solutions and develop prototypes.
  • O3.6: Test and validate prototypes to fix pain points.
    • A1: Return to target countries; conduct trainings and second round of usability testing with prototypes.
    • A2: Document user feedback.
  • O3.7: Analyze user feedback, develop and implement final improvements. (May)
    • A1: Review and analyze user feedback; make recommendations for final improvements.
    • A2: Implement and prepare improvements for release in each tool.
    • A3: Anonymize research and publicize report for broader open source community.

Sponsor 96 (ends on December 31st)

  • O3.1: Improve automatic censorship detection during bootstrapping in Tor Browser for Android.
  • O4.5: Conduct end-user feedback collection and usability research.

Sponsor 101 (before September 30th)

  • O1.3: Create wireframes and potential user flows for the VPN client and related safety properties,
  • O1.4: Test wireframes and user flows with target users,
  • Identity for Tor VPN

Sponsor 131

  • Customize the browser.

Sponsored projects

Here's what we're working on right now:

Useful links

Project management

  • UX Kanban: Tracks all issues that impact Tor's user experience across the organization.
  • Team Kanban: Tracks the issues currently assigned to the UX Team (including upcoming tasks).
  • UX Team Roadmap: An overview of the team's quarterly roadmap and priorities.
  • UX Repository: Home to all the UX-related tickets and public files that don't belong in a specific repo.

Other resources