Building a Design System Without a Team

Update: I changed the title of this post from “Design Systems for Small Teams” to “Building a Design System Without a Team.”  This is a more accurate description of the content of this post and addresses the key issues: building a design system when it is impossible to dedicate full-time resources.  When a new design …

The 6-1-1 Sketching Session

What’s all this then? A 6-1-1 is a structured sketching exercise. You may recognize it as a miniature version of a design studio workshop (example) or you may also see that it is very similar to some of the methods popularized through Lean UX and Design Sprints. I developed the 6-1-1 as a lightweight workshop …

A Sample Design Collaboration Cadence

In order to maintain a decent level of collaboration within a design team, while maintaining a productive pace, and keeping transparent about upcoming roadblocks and needs for solutions, and finding opportunities to support each others in our design practice…. I ended up with a cadence of quick and straightforward cadence of check-ins and working sessions. This …

A Design Practice

Over the course of my career, a framework has started to come into view for a establishing or augmenting a design practice. The framework has three key ingredients: Craft: What do you do? Infrastructure: What do you use to do it? Personal Growth: What are you getting out of it? Attention to these three areas …