Pattern library workshop
Design and Build a Pattern Library
Every year there are a few interesting workshops accompanying the Webcamp conference here in Zagreb. In 2018 I attended the workshop concerning designing pattern libraries.
Held by Bermon Painter, the senior UX/UI designer from EY Digital, the workshop was supposed to provide the following:
- Discussion on the benefits of using a pattern library
- How to identify, review, and rate patterns
- Organizing patterns into a library
- Building and documenting patterns
- Utilizing your new pattern library for rapid prototyping web and mobile experiences
How it usually goes – the intended was quite different from the actual result. The crowd was all wrong for this type of workshop, made mostly of designers and not developers which were expected.
When it became pretty clear we wouldn’t be able to tackle stuff as “just input a few commands in the terminal” too easily, a break was announced. This is where things got interesting. Bermon had to quickly change his whole concept of the workshop to accommodate our expectations.
The end result was quite nice because we talked a lot about how design actually functions for him, and he ran us through some of the other topics he frequently gives speeches on. Even though some presentations were quite basic, I found the whole experience interesting. The highlight for me was witnessing how an experienced lecturer adapted his preplanned topic to what he thought would work for us. Also, he handled the whole thing well, staying humble and relatable asking the audience for their input about how to shape the rest of the day.
It was a tough crowd to handle because we expected something very different from what was planned. But Bermon managed to pull through and we all walked out satisfied after having discussed interesting topics for a few hours.
From a lecturer point of view, I think the whole ordeal ended up as good as it could, and the main problem was miscommunication while marketing the workshop in the beginning.
I also took a nice photo of the ceiling, so that is always a plus!