O'Reilly Design Conference

21 Mar
Join Us
Tuesday March 21, 2017
11:20 am - 12 pm PST
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Design Systems: Accounting for Quantity and Scalability

Technology, Tools, and Process Sessions

  • Level: Beginner
  • Who is this presentation for? Graphic Designers, User Experience Designers, Project Managers
  • Prerequisite knowledge: No prerequisite skills are needed for this presentation.

What you'll learn

  1. The benefits of using a design systems, and how to easily implement one
  2. How planning and organization at the beginning of a project can create a more effective design system
  3. Tips and tricks for using common design tools to create a design system that developers can easily use


Atomic design, pattern libraries, modular design—the process of designing with a system goes by many names, but regardless of what you call it, the advantages of this process are clear. Whether you’re working in a large team or a small one, with a huge project or a one-page website, working with a design system can help make your project more efficient and infinitely scalable, provided you take the time to set yourself and your team up for success.

In this session, we’ll discuss how Forum One recently used a robust design system when tackling an enormous user experience and design challenge: a website for a large, service-based government organization targeted to Millennials, with stakeholders in over 60 countries. We’ll share our strategy from this project as well as takeaways from our experience that have influenced other ongoing projects.

Attendees will learn how a design system works, the benefits of creating one, and options for how to implement a system on projects. Additionally, attendees will hear some tips and tricks on how to create a process and resources that can be easily implemented by developers.


Amy Vainieri, Senior Designer 

An accomplished designer with more than 10 years of experience, Amy creates modern, innovative, and user-friendly designs for our clients. She works with clients like the Peace Corps, People for the American Way, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to modernize and improve the effectiveness of their web properties. Amy came to Forum One from Blue State Digital, where she led a team of designers and produced creative work for clients like United Way Worldwide, the United Nations Foundation, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Amy has a special interest in election design, and has redesigned ballots and other election materials for Oregon’s state election division.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. in Art History & Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University. Amy also earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design from Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Amy has an interest in election design and has redesigned ballots and other election materials for Oregon’s state elections division.

Courtney Clark, Director of User Experience

Courtney has more than 10 years of experience helping foundations, government agencies and nonprofits optimize their online offerings. She works with clients like the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), MacArthur Foundation, California Department of Health Care Services, and Consumers Union to develop tailored solutions that balance each organization’s mission with the needs of its audiences. Courtney specializes in leading user research activities like surveys, interviews, card-sorts, heuristic-evaluations, and usability research to understand user needs. Prior to working at Forum One, Courtney was an interaction designer for the University of Kansas, where she took part in an extensive rebranding exercise and contributed to two major web redesigns. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Kansas, with a focus in visual communications.

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