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Designing complex financial systems can be hard but these 5 design principles will help you get started.

This article was previously published in UX Collective. For a short period of time I worked on a design system at WebNL, an agency specialised in web design, development and marketing based in the Netherlands. Our design system was aimed at improving the bridge between the design and development of the products we’re making. In this blog I will explain… Read More →

A little over nine months ago, I left Etsy to co-found Related Works. During my last year and a half there, I managed Etsy’s first dedicated Design Systems team. Below are my thoughts about what it meant to make the team and the work successful. As tech companies grow, the creation of their design system can become a powerful and… Read More →

Design Systems has become a key part of my everyday work… And from the surrounding discussions, it is now the case for many people 😉 After reading Alla Kholmatova’s book last year, I was lucky to attend the first European conference on the subject in March. All of this strengthened my conviction that, in the future, every brand and every… Read More →

I recently created a case-study for my colleagues in New York about a multi-brand Design System project I worked on, for one of our clients back in London. While gathering information for this presentation, I was inspired to write an article and share my thoughts about what I’ve learned during this year-long experience and how it opened my eyes to… Read More →

I’ve had several recruiters read my resumé about my experience in Design Systems and contact me about jobs. Only to find out they were hiring for people with Systems Design experience. I’ll be outlining what both topics are and help people understand the qualities of each. Design Systems An engineer who works on a design system typically has some interest… Read More →

Nowadays, digital products must be able to exist across any and all devices, screen sizes, and mediums at the same time: Every type of medium can now display our interfaces elements “So why the hell are we still designing our products by “page” or by screen?!” Instead, we should be creating beautiful and easy access to content, regardless of device,… Read More →

Design systems, design systems everywhere. I’m pretty sure that you have heard that term a thousand times last week, and more than you will, design system is one of the trends in product design particularly, that big companies such as Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, and others are adapting and putting into practice when building their products and seems that has come… Read More →

‘Design Sprints’, ‘Agile’, ‘Stand Up’, ‘Lean’ – Is ‘Design System’ just another one of those buzz words we hear? It really depends on how you choose to look at it. I find that everything that’s ‘trendy’ or ‘buzz-wordy’ is usually so for a reason. There is a lot of innovation in the design systems space at the moment hence why… Read More →

In our ever-growing tech world, we need the design to scale as fast as other aspects of that world. But design doesn’t scale easily since it’s a mixture of art and science, form and content. So how to achieve this? Design Systems can be the answer. Let’s dive deeper into this and see what they are and how they can… Read More →

You probably use drag and drop in your everyday interfaces — dropping Gmail threads into folders, moving around Trello cards, or rearranging tabs in Chrome. These interactions are a lot more complex than you think, something that I learned while designing drag and drop patterns at VMware. Drag and drop interactions are often overlooked or go unnoticed. Sometimes they happen… Read More →

I recently worked on defining the spacing system for Practice Fusion’s EHR (Electronic Health Record) product, to ensure improved readability and consistency across all pages. I came up with 3 spacing rules (hint: rule of 3 C’s) and 4 spacing values, which worked harmoniously well with the new typographic system. The problem “When positioning elements vertically, the designer has to… Read More →