It is time for another Internet User Experience conference in Ann Arbor. Next week!
In addition to Eight Years of IUE: Reflection and Perspective, I am doing a talk about Integrating User Interface Design Specifications.
At the 2006 IUE conference, Keith Instone presented "ibm.com re-design and standards", where he talked about how they managed the user interface specifications for IBM's public web presence. This talk will be an update on what has happened since then:
- Advancements in the type of UI specifications covered, such as interaction patterns, mobile, tablets (and the challenges in organizing this information)
- Changes in governance approach, from less compliance to more community leadership and innovation
- Broadening of scope and engagement within IBM: merging intranet and internet specs and collaborating with IBM product groups
- A re-design to celebrate IBM's 100th anniversary, which included building a business case for the UI design system
Because he has left IBM, he can share a more honest assessment of what things worked in that culture and what did not.
One of his first freelance projects has a cross-business unit UI design system aspect, so he can relate some early experiences "out in the real world".
If you have the feeling that there is a better way than drawing the same wireframes over and over again for each project, then you will want to hear some of my stories about how you can document a design system to speed up the design process, create more consistent experiences, save your company money, and still leave room for innovation.
I will use this blog entry to post links to background information, share the deck afterwards, and give people a chance to comment. A few links for starters: