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My creative career has been a movement from subjectivity to objectivity — I’ve moved from fine art to graphic design, to user experience design, and then to design systems. I love the structure and order of systems design.
Recently I’ve been finding there is fear mixed in with love. I’m afraid of subjectivity, so I cling to the system.
Did you ever create stamps in KidPix? Kidpix is bitmap drawing software that’s been around since the nineties, and I remember many happy — more like maddening — hours creating tiny pixelated images to reuse in my pictures. I was continually amazed to see how different the stamp looked at rendered size than in the zoomed-in view I was working on. Will these stark grey blocks really look like shadows? Magic.
For the past four years, I’ve been a caretaker of system icons. I’m currently helping to cultivate Garden, the design system for Zendesk. That includes agonizing over lots of…
Hi, I’m Ginny, and I’m a gardener. No, not like, flowers or fruits or anything like that (though I do enjoy some nice basil…), but a product designer at Zendesk on team Garden. What is Garden, and why does it need a brand? Lucky you—you’re about to find out.
Garden is an open-source design system where Zendesk grows accessible user interface components for all its products.
Garden was planted in 2014. Now, it’s a foundational part of product design and front-end development at Zendesk.
Team Garden is a group of designers and engineers, working together to provide a design platform…
Product Designer on the Garden Design System