Here are some useful articles and websites I recommend if you’re about to start or work on your own design system.

Design Systems Series

These Resources and Links are the last Part of something bigger:
Part I 5 Pillars of a Design System
Part II Design System Checklist
Part III Design System Resources and Links

Starting a Design System

In-Depth Information

Case Studies and Design Systems

Scaling

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5 Pillars of a Design System

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Design Systems are beasts that want to get tamed. With the right preparation, diligence and perseverance we can get it done.

Design Systems Series

This concept is the first part of something bigger:
Part I 5 Pillars of a Design System
Part II Design System Checklist
Part III Design System Resources and Links

Today there’s a lot of buzz around design systems. To understand where design systems come from, let’s take a brief glance back in history: First there were corporate designs which are rule-sets mostly focused on print. …


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Meet the new SBB AR App (Image provided by SBB)

A week ago the Swiss Federal Railways released an Augmented Reality App that gives us a preview of how we will navigate train stations in the future. The best part? That future starts now.

The first thing that I noticed when I arrived this morning at the Zürich Hauptbahnhof was how cold it felt. It was like freezing minus 10 degrees — which might or might not be a slight exaggeration from my side.

I pulled out my Android Phone and installed the SBB AR App from the Android store. Since I was invited to a workbench talk with the devs of the this Augmented Reality App I wanted to first get some hands-on experience. If you happen to be in Zürich and have a later Android Model with ARCore, you can try out this app for yourself. …


I’m 33 and thankful for most things I’ve got. Yet I have this feeling that “what I do” isn’t “what I wish I did”. Join me in this self-reflection as I try to find out if this feeling is right or if I’m just a spoiled brat entering the mid-life crisis.

Note: I originally wrote this article a month ago, but never posted it because I felt it’s just something I struggle with. Since then, Casey Neistat postet a video and there is some talk on this topic on twitter — I guess there are others out there having the same issues so I decided to post it anyways.

Preface

Let me give you some context first:
I’m married, father of three, live in a nice flat in a beautifull swiss region and I have a fun and well paying job as a UX Designer. …


Recently we won gold at the Best of Swiss Apps Awards 2018 for our HoloLens App. I believe this is because we took Mixed Reality to the next level by including IoT Data from the Azure Cloud.

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HoloLens being used in a clean room environment

If you’re used to the web-world, you might think this isn’t anything too exciting. But for a HoloLens App, or Mixed Reality Apps in general, this is still a rare thing.

Let me explain myself…

This Article was published on arvrjourney.com, head over there to read the full article 🏃‍💨📜😍


For my first mixed reality design project I had to adapt my 2D workflow to the third dimension. For three weeks I got the chance to work as a freelance Interaction Designer with the talented guys at afca.ch. This is how I went about it.

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My HoloLens and me :)

The Project

Most of this is covered by a NDA, meaning I can’t talk about the App itself. I’m allowed to tell you it was an educational App used at the ETH Zurich by computer assisted drug design students. The micro-cosmos these guys are working in is incredible. My previous biology knowledge was bad. In a biology test at school I had to draw the bond of two atoms — I drew a comic of them meeting at a bar :)

This Article was published on arvrjourney.com, head over there to read the full article 🏃‍💨📜😍


Die Mobiliar is one of Switzerland’s industry leading insurance companies. Our goal was to migrate the out-dated client portal to a modern platform. Knowing about the value of human centered design we took it one step further and redesigned it from the ground up with UX in mind.

Interaction Design: Field Study // Personas // Paper Prototype // Lab Study // Workshops // Wireflows // Mockups // Agile Stories

My job as a Freelancer was to help the in-house UX Team design that new client Portal. During those seven months I had many roles: from planning and conducting the initial research, designing concepts, creating visual specs and wireflows to coaching the devs and making sure they understood our designs.

My partners in crime were Benedikt Merz (interaction designer) and Dario Füglister (product owner). Both work for die Mobiliar and we colaborated as close as possible.

When our UX project started, we had two major…


These tweets got me thinking about my social media usage, the negative impact it has on my life and how I fill up my fuel tank.

I’m guilty. I work alot, have a Family with three young kids, cook, do housework and spend/waste at least half an hour a day on YouTube watching game videos even though I haven’t had the time to play a computer game in years.

After a long day of work I often end up on the couch at 10 without much energy left for meaningful conversations. …


Recently we won gold at the Best of Swiss Apps Awards 2018 for our HoloLens App. I believe this is because we took Mixed Reality to the next level by including IoT Data from the Azure Cloud.

If you’re used to the web-world, you might think this isn’t anything too exciting. But for a HoloLens App, or Mixed Reality Apps in general, this is still a rare thing.

Let me explain myself…

The Past — visualizing prefabricated data

Right now, the industry as a whole is still in it’s infancy.

The devices we’re using are at Version 1, the dev stack is still lacking compared to traditional software development, there isn’t a huge community providing components like in JavaScript and there aren’t many best practices to follow or frameworks to use like we’ve got for the web or mobile. …


I just started to create another design system for a client and there are some conceptual questions I need to first think about before I can design the system. I’ve got them in my head and roughly know what to look out for. But up until now, I never wrote those questions down.

Design Systems Series

This Checklist is Part two of something bigger:
Part I 5 Pillars of a Design System
Part II Design System Checklist
Part III Design System Resources and Links

Today I needed to free up the hard drive in my brain, so here it is: my evolving design system checklist.

Feel free to use and abuse it. ❤️
(Tired of reading? The video of my Talk is at the end)

And if you do so, please leave a feedback on what worked and what’s missing so we can add more important questions to this list as a community.

Pillar 1 — Sell our Design System

Goals

  • What do our stakeholders expect? …

About

Tim Schoch

I’m a full-stack freelance Interaction Designer from Switzerland. Passionate about good UX. Empathic towards users. Love simple solutions. Not fueled by coffee.

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