Sure, it would be awesome to have designers imho. I am not a designer at all and UX work is not where we are good. There is a lot of new design challenges here.
However, I don't think we need crowfund/money. If somebody want to give money, please help other projects/people/stuff. There is a lot of people who needs support and love outside.
@strypey Note that we do have servers. No servers needed != no servers at all. There is TURN/STUN servers to pass through the NAT, Nameservers to register usernames, dhtproxy to help mobiles, bootstraps to give an entrypoint to the network. Everything is optional, but can help
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!