ThoughtWorks Tech Talk: Engineering a Design System

Date(s) - 04/24/18
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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ThoughtWorks Tech Talks Chicago

ThoughtWorks Tech Talk: Engineering a Design System

ThoughtWorks Tech Talks Chicago

Design systems combine UI components with clear guiding standards to unify user experience design and development at scale. And while there is plenty to say about theory, design, and adoption, you won’t get very far in any design system journey without solid engineering practices, sound architecture, and the right technologies.

In this talk, we’ll focus on the technical side of design system engineering. We’ll examine technologies such as React and CSS Modules; techniques such as automatic documentation generation; architectural decision points; and what the future has in store for design systems. All of this will be grounded in the large-scale React-based design system we built with TELUS digital.

Whether you are working on a small team and need to share some UI components, just starting on your design system journey, or are already scaling your system, this talk has something for you.


6:00pm — Doors open for refreshments and networking

6:30 – 7:15 — TW Consultant Ryan Oglesby talk’s about Engineering a Design System.

7:15pm – 7:25pm — Speaker Q&A

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Speaker Bio:

Ryan Oglesby is a Software Consultant at ThoughtWorks, where he has spent the last 6 years working in a variety of domains, technologies, and teams. He enjoys tackling the often innocent-looking, yet usually complex challenges of front-end design, architecture, and development. Over the past year he has lead the DesignOps team at a large telecommunications company in the strategy and development of their Design System.

When he’s not coding you can find Ryan in the closest climbing gym, on a snow-covered mountain, or wandering around a new city looking for his next adventure.