Claudina Sarahe (CS) is an innovation strategist, technologist, organizer, and critical explorer with over 12 years of industry experience. She heads Composites Collective, a consultancy and think-tank/lab that operates at the intersection of complex systems, design and technology, and behavioral sciences to transform organizations and teams.
CS is interested in how online and offline participatory methods and tools can improve how we work together and the impact of our work. Current clients include Buoy Health, Polis, and Banco Invex. Recently, CS built and scaled Casper’s front-end engineering team and international web presence. She co-founded SassConf and GothamSass. Her side passions include teaching high schoolers web, traveling the world researching new models of governance, and collecting records. CS lives in NYC with her rescue pup, Mitra. She is an internationally known speaker, trainer, and educator.
Design Systems as Facilitators.
We build design systems to help our teams communicate to accomplish a shared goal—often, in the case of web development, improving a product. Design systems provide shared reusable patterns aimed to reduce code bloat and establish harmony across applications. However, the most significant benefit to building a design systems is that they create resiliency and dynamic conversations across our teams. A good design system is the first step to establishing autopoiesis—a cybernetic feedback loop—within our design and development teams and organization, which is a requisite for maintaining a viable system. By the end of this talk, I hope we will see how the act of building and maintaining a design system not only aids our teams but takes us one step closer to reimagined futures.