Design Guidelines: Real-Life Stories

A session at IA Summit 2013

Friday 5th April, 2013

11:30am to 12:15pm (EST)

As an organization grows and its products proliferate, how can it maintain a coherent sense of identity and usability across them, while allowing room for flexibility and growth?

For a family of online communications channels or applications, design guidelines can document and disseminate the organization’s UX principles and patterns. A guidelines repository can potentially encompass everything that impacts the user experience: interaction design, information architecture, brand styles, and much more. It functions as a tool for a variety of stakeholders, not just UX practitioners.

Embarking upon a guidelines project can seem like a “nice to have” at best, and utterly overwhelming at worst. Our presentation offers resources and insights from both practitioners and professionals outside the field who have undertaken these types of projects together. We will discuss the benefits of a repository and the role of the IA and other actors in this effort, and identify challenges and opportunities.

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Lesley Humphreys

I want cream in my coffee, I want springs in my step, I want gin in my tonic, & I want all that I can get bio from Twitter

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Rachel Sengers

user experience design

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Rob Fay

UX / IA / IxD / Usability junkie (UX-only tweets @uxperience). Husband to @laurelfay. @yankees fan. @uconnmbb fan. bio from Twitter

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Chris Merkel

Product design leader, #Accessibility advocate, speaker, and father. bio from Twitter

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Time 11:30am12:15pm EST

Date Fri 5th April 2013


Harborside Ballroom B, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

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