Design Systems In The Wild

Location: Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn
Time: 6th September 18:00 - 21:00
Entrance: Free, Registration needed

When digital products become complex and teams grow it's hard to guarantee a consistent experience to users without a design system. In addition to increased user satisfaction, design systems have many perks over living in an unorganized chaos – the communication between engineering and design is smoother and both teams can deliver faster. Nevertheless, implementing and using a design system is not just sunshine and rainbows!

Join us for this evening dedicated to going deeper into the world of design systems with our friends from DS CONF.

Topics and the speakers


Angelos Arnis host of the evening
Organizer of DSCONF and Product Designer at Elisa Finland

For the past 10 years, I have been working with startups and products, both in early and high growth stage. Currently working as a product designer at Elisa. I have been organizing DSCONF, and I am passionate about Design Systems and DesignOps.

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Pipedrive's journey to Convention UI
Lembit Lõpp, Lead Engineer at Pipedrive CORE Tribe

Pipedrive used to have four different implementations of icons developers could use in code. Now there's only one. What lead us to build our design system called Convention UI and how we managed to rewrite it 3 times?

About Lembit Lõpp
Lead engineer @ Pipedrive CORE Tribe. Enabling front-end developers by building awesome tools and asking silly questions.

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Building design systems that leverage your designers, developers, and products
Varya Stepanova, Design Systems Specialist at Intergalactico

If we compare design systems of several companies, it is visible that this concept has different meanings to different people. So, how to decide which path to follow and what aspects of design systems should be in focus at your organisation? Varya tells a story of Finnish telecommunication operator Elisa and approaches behind implementing their design system which include design thinking methods, community management, and technical tips.

About Varya Stepanova
Varya Stepanova is a design systems specialist at Intergalactico, Helsinki-based design studio. She has a long history working in a field of component-focused UI design and development, creating helpful tooling for the subject and spreading the practices across large organisations. Nowadays her focus is applying design approaches to front-end development and encouraging cooperative work in a collective.

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Lean Implementation of Design Systems
Tatiana Kolesnikova, Head of Design at SeniorDev, and Arvid Torset, Managing Partner at SeniorDev

This lecture is a practical guide to implementation of design systems for projects of any size and any level of maturity: both small startups and huge enterprise systems with years of legacy behind. We will teach you how to approach it gradually and not break your neck and not change your tools and workflow too dramatically. We will focus on how to begin getting value from the very beginning and we will cover both design and development sides of the work.

About Tatiana Kolesnikova
Experience design consultant with academic background in both IT and design, Tatiana’s main role is to bridge the gap between these two disciplines. She has extensive working experience in information architecture, usability analysis and full range UX and UI design both in-house and as an external consultant. Working as a design lead Tatiana kick starts about half a dozen projects every year and it is her own most urgent need to make the processes as efficient as possible. Curious by nature, she gets inspired by most cutting edge ideas and methodologies around design and development and challenges herself to apply them in her everyday work. The results she shares with the community at tech and design conferences.

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About Arvid Torset
Arvid has always been working at intersection of business and development. Beginning with an IoT startup back in 2000-ies he has subsequently worked with innovative projects in widely diverse domains and technologies. Now in his job of a technical architect and business analyst he facilitates defining product strategy, selects technologies that are suitable for a particular business problem and assembles development teams.
His rich experience showed that to work in innovative environment you need a special process that is flexible and adaptive to constant changes, the process that is based on lean thinking not only in business, but also in design and development. He works on introducing this process both in start-ups and in established projects.