Alla Kholmatova

Interaction designer at FutureLearn

Workshop
Wed 24 May, 2017, 14:00

Thinking in systems: how not to lose the forest for the trees

As the web continues to change rapidly and become more complex, thinking of it in terms of static pages has become untenable, and many of us have started to approach design in a more systemic way.  But when it comes to thinking in systems it's not always clear how the core UX concepts—user goals, needs and behaviours, are embodied in design patterns we create. How do we make sure that by thinking about structure and modules we don't lose sight of the system as a whole? How do we strike the right balance between reusability and creative exploration, consistency and brand?

This workshop is for designers, UX practitioners, as well as front-end developers who who are seeking to approach their design process in a more systemic way, without losing the essence of what the product is about.

You'll learn:

  • How to think in patterns and modules without losing sight of the whole 
  • How to define and evolve design patterns that serve a product's purpose 
  • How to find the balance between reusability, consistency, and creative expression of the brand
  • How to evolve a shared design language within your team
  • How to establish foundations for a pattern library

The workshop is intended for visual, interaction and UX designers as well as front-end developers who are still seeking for just the right responsive design process and deliverables. We won’t be touching too much on code; instead, the workshop will focus on design techniques and practical ways of creating a scalable, flexible and modular design system — applicable to both small and large web projects.

About Alla Kholmatova

Alla is an interaction designer at an open education startup, FutureLearn. She's an occasional contributor to design publications, such as A List Apart, and an owner of several vintage robots.

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