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Spring 2019 Our Next Event!

Conversant

Conversant is a leader in interaction management, empowering brands to transform ordinary customer experiences into meaningful, human experiences. Their connected suite of personalized digital media products and services combines leading-edge identity management, data science expertise and privacy by design to create human connections that count, everywhere. As part of Epsilon, Conversant employs more than 2,100 associates in 17 offices worldwide.

Learn about the unique ways Conversant built their enterprise design system as well as the different approach they’ve taken to establishing UX as a practice in their organization. The tools that support Conversant’s business both internally and externally are extremely diverse and complex. Maintaining a design system flexible enough to handle those business needs requires ongoing strategic alignment, forward-thinking UX and UI, and smart, efficient code. In this meetup, we’ll do a deep dive into what makes Conversant’s design system so successful and cover tactical ways to solving enterprise-level challenges.

Where
Conversant
101 N Upper Wacker Dr
21st floor
Chicago, IL
When

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Autumn 2018

Before the Design System… Research!

Methods, audits and communications that can help shape the design system before any documentation or code is written. What do your users need, and what will be the most beneficial for your specific use-case?

We’ll show you what we did at Cars.com to research use of past tools, interview prospective users, conduct audits of our patterns and competitors, and use that research to create our newly-launched design system!

Presenter
Brad Bice, Manager, Design System
Cars.com
Where
Cars.com
300 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL
When

Spring 2018

Theme Schemes: Considerations for Building a Themeable Design System

The Hybris Product Design team will discuss our experiences building Fundamental UI, the design system for SAP Hybris cloud products, and how we support a variety of enterprise UIs across organization pillars and technologies while adhering to SAP corporate design guidelines.

Presenter
Zack Frazier, SAP Hybris
Where
SAP Hybris
20 North Wacker Drive (Civic Opera Building)
29th Floor
Chicago, IL
When

Winter 2018

Morningstar Design System: A Reflection On the Value We’ve Delivered In Our First Year

Morningstar’s Design System team will join us on Thursday, January 18th to share their journey from several disparate design systems toward a centralized team driving change across the organization. We will learn how Morningstar defined the need for a design system internally and how they delivered on their strategy. The talk will cover:

Presenters
  • Brian Verhoeven, Design Director, Morningstar
  • Adam Rowe, Senior Visual Designer, Morningstar
  • Brian Bouril, Senior Software Engineer, Morningstar
  • Matt Jankowski, Senior Visual Designer, Morningstar
  • Alex Hayashi, Visual Designer, Morningstar
  • Jack Mystkowski, Lead Designer, Content Strategy, Morningstar
  • Kevin Powell, Sr. Front End Developer, Eightshapes
  • Nathan Curtis, Principal & Founder, EightShapes
Where
Morningstar
22 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL
When

Autumn 2017

Watch the presentations on YouTube

Presenters
  • Jon Donmoyer, 18F

    Building a Design System Good Enough for Government Work

  • Jennifer Stern, Instructure

    Accessible Design Systems

Where
Sprout Social
130 South Dearborn Street
7th Floor
Chicago, IL
When

Summer 2017

Watch the presentations on YouTube

Presenters
  • Arlo Bryan Guthrie, Sprout Social

    So They Agreed to a Design System… Now What?

  • Collin Miller

    The Product-Making Activity
    Design systems through the lens of cultural historical activity theory

Where
Instructure
130 E Randolph Street
Suite 1800
Chicago, IL
When