UX Design Series: Design Systems

Presented by Scott Arnold and Laura Scherling, hosted by Magued Hanna RGD





About Magued Hanna RGD

Magued is a creative leader with over 20 years of strategic, management, and hands-on expertise across media and industries–from fintech and real estate to high tech and automotive. As one of only a handful of UX Master certified professionals in Canada, he has a deep understanding of UX for web and mobile, as well as a passion for accessibility. He also knows what it takes to grow a successful design team from the ground up–and how to foster collaboration, innovation, and excellence in cross-functional teams.

Building a Design System: a Partnership between Development and Design
Presented by Scott Arnold
To be effective, a design system has to be a shared language. Too often, design and development work in isolation, and only come together later in their processes — which can cause miscommunication, adoption challenges, naming issues, and an overall fractured system. We all talk about "running design systems like a product" - but system constructors often fail to treat their constituent users – Developers and Designers – like the partners they should be in helping unlock the best UX for everyone, in every role. For the design system at Motorola Solutions, we worked in tandem with developers across the company to ensure their voices were heard, and married the needs we uncovered with those of our designers to make a truly collaborative system. This talk will discuss the process by which we achieved that partnership, and how it can help other teams build a more successfully adopted system of their own.
Rethinking Open Data Ambassadorship
Presented by Dr. Laura Scherling

Open data movements have been viewed as creative and innovative means to make sense of information, from the built environment, air quality, to sentiments in Yelp reviews, traffic congestion, and more. Thanks to open-source programming languages and server environments like R ggplot2, Node.js, and Tableau Public, tens of thousands of observations can be visualized with much greater ease. Years into the open data movement, however, many of these repositories remain heavily underutilized and may not always fit neatly into in-house user experience research, both quantitative and qualitative in nature. There are still ample opportunities for designers, not only working as UX professionals, but also as researchers, strategists, graphic designers, and more to work with big data to do more socially engaged work on the grassroots and organizational level. Making use of these rich resources coming from the World Bank and World Health organizations, NYC Open Data, the UN, and the OECD can pave ways for designers to connect with those in need and also solve pressing problems. Engaging with open data ambassadorship can mean everything from sharpening design and statistical skills to seeing positive social change. With these resources in mind, this talk considers how open data newcomers and seasoned design researchers alike can take a greater role in the open data movement.  

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