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Welcome to Virtual Schema by Figma

Anthony DiSpezio
Designer Advocate at Figma

Ana Boyer
Designer Advocate at Figma

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11:00 AM

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Opening Keynote

Jacob Miller
Product Manager at Figma

As Design Systems grow and evolve, so does the complexity. With complexity comes the need for newer best practices and adoption of more rigorous controls of our system. What can we as designers learn from other disciplines best practices, and how can we adopt them to ensure that our design systems grow in the right way?

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11:05 AM

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Architecting subcomponents

Nathan Curtis
Consultant at EightShapes

Playing constant catch up, adding prop after prop to support and maintain too many cases? Break larger components into flexible subcomponents so that users can solve their unique problems themselves. We'll show how to architect subcomponents, leverage Figma's improving component features, and embrace opportunities and challenges the approach creates for your system.

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11:30 AM

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Expanding your design system's sphere of influence and other lessons I'm still learning

Lauren LoPrete
Senior Product Design Manager at Dropbox

Design systems are drivers of cultural change disguised as a component library — getting your org to commit to this change often requires influencing across all levels from designers to VPs. In doing so, you’ll rely on skills like communication and relationship building, in order to expand your system of allies. In this talk, I’ll share mistakes and lessons learned along the way and offer ideas to help you navigate the challenges of design systems buy-in and advocacy

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11:50 AM

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Evolving systems with data and heart

Bernadette Faller
Product Designer at Uber

Vincent van der Meulen
Design Engineer at Uber

Hiroshi Mendoza
Design Engineer at Uber

At Uber, we've built a cross-platform design system with hundreds of thousands of weekly Figma inserts and an accompanying super plugin. But like everyone, we started with only a few components and multiple one-off plugins. We've carefully matured our design system through data and heart. Yet it hasn't been straightforward. There's a constant tension between what designers and developers need and how we interpret data. These growing pains only seem to get worse the more a system evolves. In this session, we'll show you that data and heart don't have to be at odds as we share how we mature our design system and plugins. Through demos of AI-driven tooling, we'll explore the role data can play in the future and help your team scale your system by balancing numbers with heart.

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12:20 PM

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Navigating complex system updates

Gonzalo Vasquez
Product Designer at Zalando

Leonie Proske
Product Designer at Zalando

Zalando is a leading European online platform for fashion and lifestyle. In such a large scale organisation, we are used to dealing with a lot of complexity. For our design system team, this means supporting 50+ teams and counting more than 140k component inserts per week. Updating one core component can require cross library changes while small enhancements have a huge potential to accelerate designers' workflow. Based on one example, we are excited to share how branching, contribution processes and custom built tools help us navigate system updates in close collaboration with embedded teams.

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12:40 PM

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Multidimensional design systems

Patrycja Rozmus
Design Systems & Foundations Lead at Brainly

How do you connect your product and marketing design to create a seamless omnichannel customer experience? How to ensure that your brand is alive not only on the pages of a brand book? Can design systems improve design decision-making & consistency of the design across the entire company, so even non-designers can create decent designs? Patrycja will take you on a journey to answer those questions and show you how multidimensional design systems can be a great solution to the challenges many organizations face and how they can be the source of innovation!

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1:10 PM

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Rolling out design tokens to a branded house with 18+ products

Deborah Lindberg
Lead Product Designer at Atlassian

Lewis Healey
Senior Product Designer, Design Systems at Atlassian

How do you create and roll out design tokens to 18+ products that should look and feel the same? We’ll talk about how we created Atlassian’s color design tokens and the challenges we faced. We’ll also take you through the Figma plugin we developed to onboard and enable 500+ designers to supercharge their design token workflow.

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1:30 PM

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Speaker Panel + Q&A

Patrycja Rozmus
Design Systems & Foundations Lead at Brainly

Hiroshi Mendoza
Design Engineer at Uber

Nathan Curtis
Consultant at EightShapes

Lauren LoPrete
Senior Product Design Manager at Dropbox

Join us for a live panel and Q&A with some of our Schema speakers to discuss the trends we are seeing and what the future holds for design systems!

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1:50 PM