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Clarity 2018

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10th to 12th December 2018

New York, United States

Part of the Clarity series

Schedule for

  1. Doors Open

    Registration, with complimentary pastries, juice, and coffee

  2. Welcome

    Hello from the organizer (Jina Anne), along with logistical announcements.

  3. Workshop: The Building, Scaling, and Evolution of a Design System

    Product design over the last years has taken a substantial leap forward in progress. We now have multiple tools to choose from for executing our solutions, along with a collection of new responsibilities that each one of us needs to adapt to stay current.

    This wave of new challenges is not just for designers, but also for businesses and organizations. Companies are expected to move fast, innovate, all while maintaining a high level of quality, empathy for the end user with a cherry on top, and this is the new normal. To meet these demands, teams from across the world are gravitating to a compelling solution; we call them Design Systems.

    In this Workshop, join Drew Bridewell, Senior Design Specialist from InVision, as he will share a wave of packaged up fresh design system content that will help you elevate your thinking around design systems, as well as the practice that goes into successfully implementing one. During this day Drew will introduce the "why" when it comes to design systems, practice how to get started, discuss how patterns can help you, your team, and your organization, finishing on how you can provide best-in-class habits to nurture this system over time.

  4. Workshop: Scalable Design Systems

    The role of design with large organizations is expanding, spreading across product teams and influencing decision-making at higher and higher levels. This scale makes it increasingly challenging to align designers and product teams to deliver cohesive, consistent experiences across a customer journey.

    A design system is a framework of practices that bring designers and products together. It is a platform to identify, decide on, and document what to share, whether a visual style, design patterns, front-end UI components, and practices like accessibility, research, content strategy.

    This workshop exposes you to the broad range of those considerations — the kinds of parts, products, people and practices involved — and equips you with tools and activities to start, spread, and sustain a system yourself.

  5. Workshop: Design Systems + Git = Success

    Design Systems are most successful when they have a solid process in place to manage, maintain, and share component code across multiple teams and codebases. The best way to achieve this is to manage code using a version control system like Git. Git is the defacto industry standard tool for storing and editing code for a reason - it's powerful, scalable, flexible... but can be confusing or intimidating, whether you're a newbie or you use it every day!

    In this workshop, Katie Sylor-Miller, the creator of, and co-author of The Design Systems Handbook, will teach you all you need to know to use Git as a tool for managing your Design System code.

    We'll walk through everything you need to know to create, contribute to, maintain, and share your design system code as a standalone repo in Git. We'll go over how the fundamental structures in Git and how it all works under the hood. We'll create our own repos and get comfortable running common git commands in the terminal. We'll learn about best practices, workflows, and tools that will keep your commits in order and reduce the panic caused by merge conflicts. And, we'll cover some cool features in the Github UI to help you document, manage, and share your Design System code.

  6. Lunch

    Included with ticket cost.

  7. After Lunch Announcements

    Come back for giveaways and announcements.

  8. Continue Workshops

  9. End Workshops

    Goodbye from the organizer (Jina Anne), along with logistical announcements, and details on evening events.

  10. Early Registration

    Get to know fellow attendees before the event at our early registration. You will be able to pre-register and pick up your badges the night before the conference so that your morning is a bit more smooth!