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Beyond the hype: a critical look at design systems

Design systems

June 27, 2024
3:00 - 4:00P PST

Beyond the hype: a critical look at design systems

3:05 - 3:25P

The broken promises of design systems

3:25 - 3:50P

Avoiding the design systems values oasis

3:05 - 3:25P

The broken promises of design systems

Are design systems living up to their promises? Is our work higher quality, quicker, and more cohesive than ever before? Or are we accidentally drifting into a low-quality, restrictive design process that limits creativity?
In this talk, Cam explores design systems' core promises, identifying where they fall short and exploring ways to improve. Leveraging his experiences at Wise, Beats, and Cash App, Cam will share examples, advice, and stories on creating world-class design systems.

Cam Worboys

he / him

Head of Design, OS at Cash App

Cam is a hands-on design director currently working at Cash app. Prior to Cash, Cam has led award winning work for Wise, Beats by Dre and Apple. His background primarily focuses on large-scale consumer-facing products, with an emphasis on core experience teams and global design systems. Some of his most notable work includes the recent Wise Rebrand and the redesign of Beats' digital experiences.

3:25 - 3:50P

Avoiding the design systems values oasis

In this talk you’ll hear from Diana, who built and led the Design Systems team at GitHub, and from Neha, the Engineering leader who took on responsibility for design systems engineering in 2023. Through each of their perspectives, they will tell the story of evolving design systems at GitHub, how to avoid values misalignment, and how to create a successful design and engineering working relationship where accountability is shared.

Neha Batra

she/her

Vice President of Engineering at Github

Neha Batra is a VP of Engineering at GitHub, where she leads the Core Productivity org that focuses on the tools in developer’s daily workflows from seeing work in a project board to merging that PR into your Repo. She enjoys foodie adventures, planning trips, and collecting national park magnets. If you want to hear her ramble on a topic, ask her about experimenting with manager processes and playbooks or how much she misses Miami and its cafecitos.

Diana Mounter

she/her

Head of Design at Github

Diana is GitHub’s Head of Design, where she and her team strive to deliver a developer experience that empowers and transforms the world of software development. She oversees Product Design, Design Infrastructure, Brand and Marketing, Customer Research, and Design Engineering. Her team is responsible for the end-to-end user experience of GitHub's features—such as Pull Requests and Copilot—as well as brand direction for events such as GitHub Universe, and delivering compelling launch campaigns.