Dani Nordin

Effective UX Design with Patterns: Build and Leverage a Pattern Library for Rapid Iteration and Prototyping

Date: This event took place live on September 10 2015

Presented by: Dani Nordin

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

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As UX becomes increasingly Agile, a need arises to quickly create and iterate new interface elements. Many popular frameworks exist to document front-end design patterns. Most of them connect directly to the website's CSS, and help developers easily create new interface elements and templates. But what happens when the design and UX team aren't working in the site's CSS? How can we create truly cross-functional design documentation that works both for developers and designers?

In this webcast, Harvard Business Review's Senior UX Designer, Dani Nordin, will describe the process we have been working on to document existing design patterns and create a working set of elements that allow both for rapid iteration of design prototypes and implementation of templates in code.

Target audience:

  • UX designers in cross-functional teams who need to create and iterate on interfaces in rapid, Agile environments.
  • Product owners and project managers who need ways to speed up the development of new features without sacrificing great design
  • Front-end developers who want to help designers "design in the browser" without learning a bunch of specialized code.

Key takeaways:

  • The benefits of working in repeatable design patterns
  • The basic structure of pattern libraries: what goes in it and why
  • Moving beyond colors and fonts; extending the approach

About Dani Nordin

Dani Nordin is the Senior UX Designer at Harvard Business Review, where she works with a cross-functional team of designers, technologists and product managers to integrate UX into an Agile development process. She is also an accomplished speaker, teacher and writer, teaching courses for General Assembly in Boston and Skillsoft International. Her books, and new video training course Learning UX Fundamentals is available from O'Reilly Media. You can find her work at tzk-design.com.

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