Michelles design systems track

Creating a design system goes beyond providing a UI kit that design teams use. Design systems are infrastructures that allow designers, content writers, and developers to create with consistency, efficiency, and confidence. As the design systems evolved, so have their best practices, tools, and methods, so it can be tough to keep up.

In this track, you’ll learn all about design systems and discover the latest best practices for starting, staffing, scaling, and evolving your team’s design system. While it’s nice to start a design system from the beginning, we know that’s a rare luxury for teams with existing products. So, we’ll also cover common challenges design organizations face when creating and evolving design systems for established products and multiple brands.

The track continually adapts to the needs of the members but includes, e.g.:

  • Foundations of design systems; components, patterns, tokens, etc.
  • Establishing processes, governance, and guidelines so teams can successfully create and maintain the design system
  • Identifying what roles you need for your design system team
  • Measuring the success and impact of design systems
  • How to navigate design systems for complicated products and scenarios
  • Best practices on documentation
  • DesignOps' role for design systems, and vice versa
  • How to get product teams to adopt your design system
  • How to get buy-in from upper-level stakeholders

Every week Michelle Chin provides one hour of carefully selected recommendations on what to read, watch, or listen to stay ahead. The monthly 1h live sessions with Michelle typically start at 16:00 CET/CEST. Once you sign up, you'll receive calendar bookings well ahead of each session.


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Michelle Chin is a Design Advocate at zeroheight, a leading design system documentation platform. She helps companies of all sizes and experiences to untangle the challenges they’re facing with their design system. Before joining zeroheight, she wore several hats at Citrix from Principal Product Designer to Design Manager to Principal DesignOps Manager, and before that she spent several years as a designer and strategist working for large corporations, startups, and government agencies. Michelle also co-hosts the excellent UX In Real Life podcast, and she is also an environmental justice advocate and works to provide tree equity in Oakland, California.


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