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A lean approach to building design systems

You’ll learn how to communicate and build a design system for your existing product iteratively.

The world of design systems is getting more and more mature. We often dream of having complex design systems like tech giants have. Sometimes, when building a new design system, we tend to work on it for months with the goal of creating a perfect solution that covers all possible cases.

In my talk, I'll show you how applying the principles of a lean approach to building a design system helps with organizational buy-ins, with identifying the biggest problems and with bringing immediate value to people and company.


> Skill level: elementary
> Duration: 45 min


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Jan Toman

I started my professional career as a front-end developer in the biggest media company in the Czech Republic. Later, after some experience with leading a small team of developers, I moved to product management. During that time I realized that to be able to make important product decisions and set the right priorities for product features, I need to understand the users better. Since then I’ve been fully focusing on UX. This background and a passion for effectivity naturally led me to start building pattern libraries. Or – as we call them today – design systems. This is what brought me to Kiwi.com, the biggest Czech startup, and an online travel agency, where I lead a team building open-source design system Orbit.

To raise awareness about design systems in the local community, I started a meetup group Czech Design Systems, and we meet every month. I also provide mentoring and occasionally run workshops.

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