Documenting Design Patterns for Cross-Functional Product Teams

By Dani Nordin Jun 24, 2015
Documenting Design Patterns for Cross-Functional Product Teams
Documenting Design Patterns for Cross-Functional Product Teams

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Create design documentation that works for the developers


As UX becomes increasingly Agile, a need arises to quickly create and iterate new interface elements. Many popular frameworks exist to document front-end design patterns. Most of them connect directly to the website's CSS, and help developers easily create new interface elements and templates. But what happens when the design and UX team aren't working in the site’s CSS? How can we create truly cross-functional design documentation that works both for developers and designers?


In this webinar, Harvard Business Review’s Senior UX Designer, Dani Nordin, will describe the process they have been working on to document existing design patterns and create a working set of elements that allow both for rapid iteration of design prototypes and implementation of templates in code.


Who Should Attend This?

  • UX designers in cross-functional teams who need to create and iterate on interfaces in rapid, Agile environments

  • Product owners and project managers who need ways to speed up the development of new features without sacrificing great design

  • Front-end developers who want to help designers “design in the browser” without learning a bunch of specialized code

Why Should You Attend This?

  • To learn about the benefits of working in repeatable design patterns

  • To understand the basic structure of pattern libraries: what goes in it and why

  • To move beyond colors and fonts; extending the approach



Dani Nordin

Dani is the Senior UX Designer at Harvard Business Review, where she works with a cross-functional team of designers, technologists and product managers to integrate UX into an Agile development process. She is also an accomplished speaker, teacher and writer, teaching courses for General Assembly in Boston and Skillsoft International. Her book, Drupal for Designers, is available from O'Reilly Media. You can find her work at

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