Wednesday, July 13, 2022

July 13, 2022

Better Content, Better Design: A Discussion about Content in Design Systems


Michael Haggerty-Villa, Rebekah Wolf, Michael Andrews & Vanessa Schuller

6:00 pm

Pacific Time



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Content helps build better designs and systems—and contributes to the design and engineering communities that need to do this work. In this panel discussion, four content and design professionals share their design systems experiences and talk about how content makes design systems more useful, clear, and influential.

We’ll talk about Shopify’s Polaris, Microsoft’s Fluent Design System, the Atlassian Design System, and other good examples we can learn from.

Some questions we’ll explore:

• How does your content show up in designs? How can we make it better?

• How do systems strategies help us deliver better content?

• How do editorial style guides fit into design systems?

• I don’t work on a design system now. What systems thinking and strategies can work for me?

• How do we work with design tools and make sure content doesn’t get lost in them?

About the speaker(s)

Michael Haggerty-Villa

Michael Haggerty-Villa is a senior product design manager at Compass, where he has led the content strategy and design for the Compass Design System. Previously he was the design lead for the Intuit QuickBooks Design System and the founding content designer of the Intuit Content Design System. He has also worked on design systems for Disney and eBay.

Rebekah Wolf

Rebekah Wolf leads content design and strategy for Microsoft’s Fluent Design System. By designing components and baking voice, style, and content patterns into the design system, she scales content design across Microsoft. With more than 15 years of experience, Rebekah revels in transforming complex ideas into crisp, clear content that guides people forward. Across the company and beyond, she advocates for content design thinking in every step of the design process.

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews is currently an independent content strategist with a special focus on content architecture and models. You can read his blog, StoryNeedle, or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Vanessa Schuller

Vanessa Schuller is a Senior UX Writer at Condé Nast with a focus on Design Systems. Having started her career as a public school teacher, her specialty is making complex information simple. Prior to joining Condé, she managed history content development at Vanessa graduated from the University of Kansas and currently lives in New York City.

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