Team Models for Scaling a Design System
I am transitioning to a new role soon and will be leading up a design system team within a gigantic organization so have been spending a lot of time getting my head around various related topics. Design system governance and contribution models have been of particular interest, and of course Nathan Curtis’ writings have been particularly valuable.
Lifecycle of a Design System
Managing Remote Teams During COVID
It’s been over six months since the day I left the office, leaving for Spring Break family vacation and the world falling apart before we returned. While unexpectedly working (and parenting and educating) from home as a family has certainly brought new challenges, I’ve found leading projects and managing a UX team to have been the areas where I have needed to be most intentional about the ways I manage differently in “our new reality.”
This article on how to adapt to the things you didn’t expect when managing remote teams during COVID has some tips I’ve found valuable in my day to day. In particular, as a person who prefers to avoid stepping into unnecessary bear traps I have had to be very purposeful in asking (repeatedly) how people are doing. I’ve found myself being more open in my own struggles (and occasional successes) as well to make the team feel safer opening up.
Not sure how long we’ll be doing this without any choice, but feeling better now than ever that working remotely can be successful for both delivering great work and mentoring great designers.
Very Large Touchscreens: UX Design Differs From Mobile Screens
Starting a kiosk project at work and diving into some of the best practices and details of designing for a gigantic touchscreen. This article on how designing for a large public touchscreen is alike and different from mobile was super informative.
Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert, aka Mr. USO, send the troops a care package
Mr. USO is really helping out the troops over there. He and Tom Hanks get together to create a care package for the troops and hilarity ensues.
Fun little microsite thrown together quickly for work for the USO and Comedy Central.