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Clarity 2018

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10th to 12th December 2018

New York, United States

Part of the Clarity series

Clarity 2018 Sessions

  1. Doors Open

    Registration, with complimentary pastries, juice, and coffee

  2. Welcome

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

  3. 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 OhShitGit.com, 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.

  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: 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.

  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!

  11. Doors Open

    Registration, with complimentary pastries, juice, and coffee

  12. Welcome

    Hello from the organizer (Jina Anne), along with logistical announcements, and an introduction to the emcee.

    Emcee (Nathan Curtis) will give some insight and thoughts for the day, before introducing the first speaker.

  13. Session image for Creating Cultures of Empathy

    Creating Cultures of Empathy

    The same general trajectory: a decent idea executed flawlessly by a cohesive team of hard workers. No matter the project, everything can be achieved following this general guideline. But the exact thing that can create global companies, solve impossible problems and bring ideas to life is also the same reason why so many companies fail. That thing is us. People. And when we’re at our best, there isn’t anything we can't do. So how do we optimize collaboration? How do we work better together even if we don’t see eye-to-eye with everyone on our teams? And how do we create a culture of empathy when all we can see about everyone around us is our differences?

    This talk will explore empathy in an unusual way: from the perspective of a stutterer. We’ll examine what empathy truly is (and is not) and reveal the specific actions individuals must engage in daily to create a culture of empathy on their team.

  14. Session image for Scenario-Driven Design Systems

    Scenario-Driven Design Systems

    Unified design systems are essential to building, maintaining, and evolving our sites and products. By empowering disparate teams via a common visual and UX language, they help us create cohesive user experiences. But creating a unified system that scales to serve a variety of content and use cases can be challenging. Sharing insights from her experience creating a unified design system for eight media brands with eight distinct editorial strategies, Yesenia will show how to approach a design system via a user-centered lens. Learn how being scenario-driven helps you design a scalable system that responds flexibly to specific contexts.

  15. Lunch

    Included with ticket cost.

  16. After Lunch Announcements

    Come back for giveaways and announcements.

  17. Session image for Composable Animation

    Composable Animation

    Design Systems have changed the way that developers and designers collaborate on fonts, colors, UI structure, forms and the like. So why does it feel like animation in a design system always falls short? The animation section usually lays dormant aside from a "fade", or we craft one-offs for a perfect experience, but each perfect experience becomes less perfect because they don't share the same language. In this talk, we'll break down exactly how to build animations so that they're composable, extendable, and can be used for a multitude of purchases, and still maintain cohesion. We'll talk about how animation in specific requires teams to work together because it's an intersection of design and development: it's harder to throw over a wall. We'll break down exactly how to make it all fit together, for the most seamless collaboration between you and your team.

  18. Session image for The Three P’s of a Design System

    The Three P’s of a Design System

    Is there a way we can build a design system that give engineers production ready UI components but also assist designers in crafting front-end prototypes? Learn about the three Ps and how it can help achieve these goals.

  19. Session image for Your Face Here

    Your Face Here

    Learn the development process of Airbnb's illustrative aesthetics — their philosophies on color, representation, and editorial voice. The talk even discusses how superstitions helped localize the style for Airbnb in China.

  20. Closing Remarks

    Emcee (Nathan Curtis) will wrap the day with some insight and thoughts from the day.

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

  21. Happy Hour

    Come hang out with to decompress from Day 1. Meet your fellow conference-goers and Clarity speakers.

    There will be Lightning Talks.

  22. Doors Open

    Registration, with complimentary pastries, juice, and coffee

  23. Welcome

    Hello from the organizer (Jina Anne), along with logistical announcements, and an introduction to the emcee.

    Emcee (Nathan Curtis) will give some insight and thoughts for the day, before introducing the first speaker.

  24. Lunch

    Included with ticket cost.

  25. After Lunch Announcements

    Come back for giveaways and announcements.

  26. Session image for Driving Adoption

    Driving Adoption

    Design systems allow us to scale design far beyond a team’s headcount. They also help us deliver consistent products, and they inspire cross-functional conversation and collaboration.

    But in order to reap benefits like these, a design system needs to be more than just well-intentioned—it needs to be used.

    While gaining traction with adoption isn’t always a straightforward or top-down decision, the path forward doesn’t need to be shrouded in mystery, either.

  27. Closing Commentary

    Emcee (Nathan Curtis) will wrap the day with some insight and thoughts from the day.

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

  28. After Party

    Let’s end the festivities with food and beverages. There will be lots of fun!

    You must RSVP separately on Eventbrite to attend.