Dive with me into the nuances of design systems that few people talk about!
A six-part video series featuring Josh Clark, Brad Frost, and me that highlight our recommendations and experience for design systems at the largest scale. Made with our friends at InVision.
I talked with Larry Swanson about how design systems and content fit seamlessly together.
My talk about design systems and boundaries for Design System Wednesdays 2023.
An open conversation about design systems with Eli Woolery and Aarron Walter from Design Better.
I answered a few questions about design systems for the community at UX Ghana.
My talk at Figma’s Config in 2023.
A conversation with Hayley Hughes, Ben Callahan, Vitaly Friedman, and me about how design systems work, what they can do for your teams, and how to manage them without crippling your creativity.
Design systems are a hot topic, but how do you make sure your design system is useful? More importantly, how do you make sure people actually use it? In this episode, I “teach” Jason Lengstorf the fundamentals of design systems live and how they can help you be more effective.
Design systems advocate and Material Design relations manager Jina Anne and I sit down together to answer questions about remote working, community, rebranding, typography, and more.
I talk to Tommy Geoco about the current state of design systems, how to manage complexity in a product with a lot of moving parts, and how to build your team’s first design system in 90 days.
Design system documentation has been maturing at a rapid pace over the last five years. how we document is an opportunity for us to stop, reflect and figure out the biggest challenges that face us in how we document and grow our design systems.
Frederick Weiss and I talk about starting a design system-focused agency, a design systems course, and more.
Prompted by a tweet from Amy Hupe, we discuss the role of quality in design systems.
As follow-up, Amy Hupe, Nathan Curtis, and I discuss whether speed a healthy metric to track for design systems.
Marc Fonteijn and I talk about design systems as they relate to service design.
No matter where you are in your design journey, there’s always a way to improve your skills!
Keynote for the 2020 AIGA Portfolio Festival, followed by live portfolio reviews of three designers.
No one cares how good your work is if you’re a pain to work with. In this presentation, I talk about everything else around your craft: creating accountability between you and your co-workers, establishing healthy boundaries, how to lead and how to follow—the real things you need to know to be good at work.
Know Your Team CEO Claire Lew and I talk about the culture that leaders can model through their own behavior.
In the creative world, you go to school and learn your craft then enter the field to do your work. However, this straight edge process has left out a middle phase for the educated people that need to learn by doing (because the jobs they want are only available for the already qualified candidate). I propose a better way: design and development apprenticeships.
I make the case for why learning should happen at work, not before or after it.
I talk to the Awwwards team about creating cultures of sharing that combat the toxicity of tech.
I moderate a panel of design leaders from top agencies Huge, Ogilvy, Edelman, Razorfish, and WPP and grill them on keeping quality high at scale.
Louder Than Ten invited me to be on a panel of guests, talking about how relevant a model of apprenticeship is for tech companies.
Work closer with your colleagues so you can save time, make better products, and have more fun together.
Developer Brad Frost and I duke it out on stage once and for all. Can we identify a better process that prioritizes collaboration and conversation? Is designing in the browser really possible? Are higher quality products in a faster pace the holy grail? Can we finally say goodbye to a traditional, waterfall, handoff process? You’ve gotta watch to find out!
A live demo of the Hot Potato Process, a version of what true designer + developer collaboration can look like.
In this presentation, I redefine the tasks and responsibilities of the modern day designer in light of the multi-device world that snuck up on us.
Guidance about pricing, leadership, and prioritization.
I revisit my motivation for starting my own agency in Dann Petty’s Freelance TV documentary.
I talk with Tom Prior and Alen Faljic about design and business on the d.MBA podcast.
Alexis Collado and I talk through creating leveling and growth paths for freelancers and intentionality behind your freelance work lifestyle.
Jayneil Dilal and I talk through why a small business is sometimes better than a big business.
I talk to an audience of agency owners to help them identify their shop’s unique advantages, establish a distinct and differentiated positioning, build a marketing approach, and identify areas of growth.
Rob Harr and I debate the merits of different approaches to pricing design services.