Special guest and design system expert Jina Anne. She’s spent 15 years designing for companies like Apple, Salesforce, and Amazon. Today, we discuss how the state of the art in design systems is being driven by a community of dedicated "hybrids."
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Welcome to the Season 2 Finale and special holiday edition of Design Driven. Recording this show was a lot of fun, and you’ll hear why as you get into it.
This episode is great not just because it was recorded in person, but because of who the guests are and the special chemisty we all share.
It was recorded at a villa in the North Georgia mountains during Web Whisky Weekend. A getaway for people who love the web. This kind of conversation was happening the entire weekend, so we decided to capture some of it for you. If you like what you hear, you should consider joining us at the next event.
Details at webwhiskyweekend.com
My guests, Jonathan Snook, Jina Anne, and Greg Storey all have been designing things for the web, and leading the community towards better design for nearly two decades.
Jonathan Snook is well known for his work with CSS. He’s written several books, spoken at literally hundreds of conferences, and helped thousands and thousands of people through his blog posts and generous contributions to many projects. He’s worked at Yahoo, Shopify, Xero, and done private consulting for a lot of other companies you’ve heard of. And being from Canada he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
Jina Anne has been a prolific designer, blogger, and community leader for well over 15 years. She led the Sass project, runs a Design Systems conference called Clarity, and manages the Design System community on Slack. She’s worked at Apple, Salesforce, Github, Amazon, and several other leading tech companies. She’s a world traveller, whisky aficionado, and lover of sushi and robots.
Greg Storey created Airbag Industries, one of the very first websites I ever saw and thought, “wow, websites don’t have to look like crap”. He created a style that you just didn’t see back then, which inspired a lot of people to make their websites look great, too. If that isn’t enough, his writing has always been insightful, entertaining, and a bit provocative in the best possible way. He’s run small agencies like Airbag and Happy Cog, and worked for giants like IBM and USAA. He has a keen understanding of the business side of design, is always generous with his knowledge, and makes one of the best manhattans you’ll ever taste.
A podcast interview with Jina Anne about creating and managing digital design systems. Recorded in June 2017.
Jina Anne speaking at Patterns Day in Brighton on June 30, 2017.
A one-day event for web designers and developers on design systems, pattern libraries, style guides, and components.
Patterns Day is brought to you by Clearleft.