What exactly is a design system? How do I write a user story?

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If you’re a UX designer, then you’re familiar with a very particular type of feeling. It’s one that we all, eventually, find ourselves confronting at some point or another. Whether that’s at the beginning of a project, or during engineering handoff, this feeling can be difficult to navigate. What is this feeling, you ask? It’s called confusion.

One of the reasons that UX designers face confusion often is because of the structure of our roles. It is our responsibility to ask questions about the problem, the user, the business needs, and the solutions that surface. We are like detectives trying to solve a cold case with only a few scattered puzzle pieces of evidence to go off of. Every time we ask a question, we find another piece of that puzzle. …


Julia Chesbrough

Product designer @Spotify, formerly @Hinge

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