Design systems have been a hot topic for the past few years in the design community. As designers, we're all sold on the improvements to efficiency and consistency that using a design system can bring. You don't need to be sold on the fact that you need one. But if you're on a small design team, or just by yourself, how do you get started?
In this talk, Nick will share stories and lessons learned from the journey of building D2L’s “Daylight” design system. How did they get started? How did they get everyone using it? How are they maintaining it? What were some of the challenges they faced along the way? Where do they still need to go?
As a Senior Product Designer and team lead at D2L, this University of Waterloo graduate and Waterloo Region native is a true “Local Boy Makes Good” story. Nick spends his days focused on developing solutions for teachers and students, from kindergarten to higher education, within one of the world’s top learning management platforms.
Prior to D2L, Nick designed mobile apps to let you watch videos on your phone, working with the likes of NBC, CBC, CTV, and CHUM. He’s been lucky enough to design some of the first iPhone apps in Canada and even worked on the website for Degrassi: The Next Generation. You know, Degrassi, that little show famous for launching Drake’s acting career... although to Nick he'll always be known as Jimmy Brooks. Before that, Nick worked at a professional services firm designing and programming games and websites for kids TV shows, work he describes as one of the most creatively fulfilling things he’s ever done.