From what I see, DE pulls the warframe idea from the existing pool of their own concepts or fan submissions and works out the design for it, then throws the design council a rough outline of what the abilities should feel like and have the council brainstorm up thematically fitting names or even ability tweaks.
we're more or less a voting commitee(Melee contest final 7 vote off came from us) or brainstorm tank(Helios name, mod naming, Valkyr ability names/powers, etc.) for the most part, in addition to getting to see the rough concept arts to implementation of stuff that DE comes up with.
Thought so. Could you tell me how the Design Council works, at least in regards to new Warframes? I had a Warframe design I wanted to propose to the council, but didn't really know what my chances were. Zephyr's status as a fan-made design seems pretty circumstantial.