Design Is [Elemental] – From Building Blocks to Great Experiences

Design systems offer us the building blocks and the elements, for designing delightful digital engagements.

In this talk I will share an analogy and a metaphor for thinking about the elements that make for delightful digital experiences. My analogy/metaphor is the Periodic Table of Elements. I will share a little about the history of the Periodic Table of elements, and I will suggest that design systems like Material Design offer us the beginnings of a new table of interacting and interactional elements. I will chart a story that takes us from alchemy to science and from black-box inspiration to validated design elements, from design thinking to design doing. I will invite us to reconsider the relationship between art, science, design, & data.

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