Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, Starring Ciaran Hinds & Jim Norton, Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The Night Alive Jim Norton Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 2, 2014 In addition to Norton and Hinds, The Night Alive features the original cast direct from the Donmar Warehouse’s sold-out, world premiere run, including Caoilfhionn Dunne, Brian Gleeson and Michael McElhatton. View Comments This Night isn’t coming to an end just yet! Atlantic Theater Company’s American premiere presentation of Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive has extended its off-Broadway run at the Linda Gross Theatre through February 2, 2014. The show was initially scheduled to run through January 26. Directed by McPherson, The Night Alive stars Tony winner Jim Norton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Seafarer) and Broadway vet Ciaran Hinds (The Seafarer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). Tommy (Hinds) is not a bad man. He’s getting by—renting a run-down room in the house owned by his Uncle Maurice (Norton), keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length, and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the next with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their pasts won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Star Files Ciaran Hinds The Night Alive features scenic design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Gregory Clarke. Atlantic Theater Company previously presented premiere productions of McPherson’s Dublin Carol and Port Authority.last_img read more

Pees staying, Monachino leaving Ravens coaching staff

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Head coach John Harbaugh says he won’t be making any changes to his 2016 coaching staff, but he will be losing a key defensive assistant.Linebackers coach Ted Monachino has been hired as the new defensive coordinator in Indianapolis, joining friend and former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. The Colts fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky earlier this week, and Monachino immediately emerged as the top candidate to replace him.Having coached the Baltimore outside linebackers since 2010, Monachino is extremely close with six-time Pro Bowl selection Terrell Suggs and served as his defensive line coach at Arizona State.“That’s a great opportunity for him,” Harbaugh said. “It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”Some had thought Monachino might be the eventual successor to defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who will return despite the Ravens finishing 24th in the NFL in points allowed and shattering the franchise record for fewest takeaways in a season with only 14. First-year defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt will also return after drawing criticism as Baltimore allowed 30 touchdown passes and collected a league-worst six interceptions, both franchise worsts.Many fans and media had wondered if Pees’ job might be in jeopardy, but Harbaugh expressed confidence in his entire coaching staff while acknowledging they will make adjustments in schemes and other processes this offseason. With Pees and offensive coordinator Marc Trestman both set to return, the Ravens will begin consecutive seasons with the same coordinators for the first time since 2009 and 2010 with Greg Mattison and Cam Cameron.“I know what kind of coach Dean Pees is,” Harbaugh said. “I look at the season and the improvements that we made — especially in the back end — throughout the course of the season, and that’s what you look for. You’re going to face struggles and trials, and things don’t always play out the way you want them to.”The Baltimore defense improved substantially in the second half of the season after ranking 25th in total defense through the first eight weeks. The Ravens finished eighth in the league in total defense — they also finished in the same spot in 2014 — and were second in yards allowed over their final eight games.Harbaugh hopes that second-half improvement will carry over to 2016.“We were up and down and inconsistent throughout the first eight games of the season, for sure,” Harbaugh said. “We went to battle and went to work to correct those things and found a way to correct most of them throughout the course of the season.“We still have plenty of work to do, but I trust Dean. I know he’s a very good coach and all those guys — I know they’re good coaches. You work side by side with a bunch of guys through a season like this, you find out what they’re made of, and I like our guys.”last_img read more

Utah Utes, Utah State basketball: Home sweet home for Aggies

first_imgLOGAN — Utah coach Jim Boylen says he is excited about playing Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan tonight at 7 p.m., even if he may not realize exactly what he’s getting into.”I haven’t been there yet, it will be a new experience for me,” he said.When asked what he’s heard about it, Boylen said, “A lot of guys in the profession have told me, ‘Don’t schedule that game, don’t play up there.”‘Still, Boylen has never experienced the arena where the seats are very close to the floor and a frenzied student body sits right behind the east basket, near the visiting bench.The Ute coach ticked off tough places to play, such as New Mexico, BYU, UNLV as well as Oklahoma and Missouri State where the Utes have played this year, and asked, “Is it tougher than those places?”It may or may not be tougher, but the fact is, the Utes have not won in Logan since 1996 when some of the current players were in first or second grade. Granted that’s just five games, but since 1996, Ute teams have won six times at BYU’s Marriott Center, five times at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center and three times at The Pit in Albuquerque.In Logan, the Utes have lost close games like the one two years ago when they lost on a 3-pointer at the buzzer and blowouts, like in 2004 when a team that eventually went to the Sweet 16 lost by 26.”Obviously I respect what they’ve done up there,” Boylen said. “They’ve got a great program; Stew (Morrill) has done a great job. But we’ll play anybody, anytime, anywhere. It’s a rivalry game, and we’ll make the most of it. Our goal is to go up there and win.”The majority of the Ute players haven’t played at the Spectrum, including senior guard Tyler Kepkay, who transferred to Utah last year.”I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “From what I hear it’s an amazing place to play.”One advantage the Utes may have is the timing of the game, coming three days before Christmas. Many of the Utah State students will have already headed home for the holidays, making the raucous student section a little more tame.The Aggies are having a better season than Utah, going 8-1 to date, including a 67-57 win Saturday night at Idaho State, where Utah was beaten two weeks earlier. The only other common opponent is Weber State, which USU beat 75-49 at home and Utah defeated 74-64 at home on Saturday.Tonight’s game could be decided in the battle of the big men.Utah’s 7-foot-2 Luke Nevill leads his team in scoring at 16.7 per game and rebounding at 7.8 per game, while USU’s 6-9 Gary Wilkinson has similar numbers, 17.7 ppg and 8.2 rebounds.Utah State leads the nation in field goal shooting at 52.9 percent, and Wilkinson ranks second at 69.5 percent.The Aggie starters will be Tai Wesley (11.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) inside and Tyler Newbold (10.1 ppg), Jared Quayle (9.3 ppg) and Pooh Williams (3.3 ppg) outside.Utah counters with Lawrence Borha (10.3 ppg), Carlon Brown (9.5 ppg), Kim Tillie (3.9 ppg) and Jace Tavita (0.3 ppg), but Shaun Green (11.8 ppg) and Kepkay (11.2 ppg) will play a lot more minutes than Tillie and Tavita. Regular starting guard Luka Drca is serving the second game of a two-game suspension.Utah State has won 57 straight regular-season non-conference home games, second-best in the nation behind Duke, going back to 2000. Under Morrill, the Aggies are 146-12 at home and 70-4 against non-league opponents. After tonight, the Utes will come back after Christmas with a game at UC-Irvine Saturday, while the Aggies will play Howard, Houston Baptist and Wyoming on consecutive nights, starting Dec. 29. Utes/Aggies on the airUtah (6-4) at Utah State (8-1)Smith Spectrum, LoganTonight, 7 p.m.; TV: KJZZRadio: 700 AM, 1230 AM, 610 AM E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Italy calling? Fabregas looks likely to leave Chelsea

first_img Other clubs interested in Cesc’s services could be Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.  Upd. at 19:45 29/12/2015 CET Ramon Calderon previously tried and failed in 2006, as did Florentino Perez in 2011. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs are interested in signing him and Fabregas could be set for a change of scenery as soon as January.  The 28-year-old from Arenys de Mar would cost somewhere close to the 33 million euros Chelsea paid for him 18 months ago. center_img Inter Milan and Juventus seem the best set to sign him, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.  Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is one of the most wanted players in the winter transfer market.  Since the departure from the London club of one of his biggest admirers, Jose Mourinho, the former Barcelona player seems further away from the Premier League with each passing day. Los Blancos would study a deal for the former Barça midfielder, nearly two years after he left Camp Nou, for the third time.  Pep Costalast_img read more

Galway Camogie Team named for Championship Opener

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Susan Earner (Eyrecourt)Tara Kenny (Sarsfields)Sarah Dervan (Mullagh)Heather Cooney (St. Thomas)Ann Marie Starr (Killimor)Rebecca Hennelly (Ardrahan)Lorraine Ryan (Kiltulla/Killimordaly)Shauna Healy (Ardrahan)Clodagh McGrath (Sarsfields)Aoife Donohue (Mullagh)Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses) CNoreen Coen (Athenry)Orlaith McGrath (Sarsfields)Niamh McGrath (Sarsfields)Ailish O’Reilly (Oranmore/Maree) The Galway Senior Camogie Team for Saturday’s championship opener with Tipperary was named yesterday evening after training. The team shows five changes from the side beaten in last year’s All-Ireland Final. Tara Kenny, Ann Marie Starr, Rebecca Hennelly, Noreen Coen and Orlaith McGrath come into the side in place of Therese Manton, Siobhan Coen, Finola Keeley, Catherine Finnerty and Molly Dunne. Starr, Hennelly and Orlaith McGrath all played in Galway’s league final defeat to Kilkenny.center_img The Team is……last_img read more

Match Preview – UCD vs Galway United

first_imgThe UCD Bowl UCD vs Galway United Friday, July 20th. Kick-off: 7.45pmGalway United travel to the UCD Bowl on Friday evening to face league leaders UCD. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.Alan Murphy’s side are coming off the back of successive league wins, after United overcame a stubborn Cobh Ramblers side at St. Colman’s Park last week.In May, the Tribesmen produced arguably their best performance of the season to win 2-0 against Colie O’Neill’s side at Eamonn Deacy Park.With just seven league games remaining, it’s imperative that United continue to forge a run of form, as the race for promotion hots up.ALAN MURPHY SEEKING ANOTHER BIG UNITED PERFORMANCE AGAINST UCD“I’m looking for the same endeavour and effort,” Murphy told“The application of the game plan has to be the same. We’ve had two good results, but now we’re meeting a different side, it’s a different game and UCD will present us with a different set of scenarios and problems.“We’re looking forward to the game, it will tell us a lot about how far we’ve come in terms of confidence and progression over the last few weeks.“Every game is different, we won’t be resting on our laurels. We’ve already had two difficult games against UCD this year and we’ll be treating this game as a one-off.“Let’s see what we can bring to the table and what performance levels we can reach. Hopefully it will lead to another positive result.”TEAM NEWSMaurice Nugent (ankle), Mikey Whelan (hamstring) and Conor Layng (cruciate) are sidelined for the trip to the UCD Bowl.MATCH OFFICIALSReferee: Robert HennessyAssistant: Adam TszampelAssistant: Patrick O’ConnorFourth Official: Adam PatchellGALWAY UNITED GOALSCORERSDanny Furlong – 7Eoin McCormack – 7Conor Barry – 7Alan Murphy – 2Marc Ludden – 2Ronan Manning – 2Carlton Ubaezuonu – 2Stephen Kenny – 1Ryan Connolly – 1Robbie Williams – 1Stephen Walsh – 1FORM GUIDEUCDUCD 2-0 Drogheda UnitedFinn Harps 1-3 UCDUCD 1-5 Longford TownUCD 1-1 ShelbourneWexford FC 0-3 UCDGALWAY UNITEDGalway United 1-2 Finn HarpsWexford FC 0-0 Galway UnitedGalway United 1-2 ShelbourneGalway United 4-1 Athlone TownCobh Ramblers 1-2 Galway UnitedLAST MEETINGMay 11th, 2018 | Galway United 2-0 UCDGalway United goalscorers: Conor Kearns (OG) and Ryan Connollyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Spurs clash with City ‘to be moved to Monday’ at Wembley despite NFL game day before

first_imgTOTTENHAM could play Manchester City on a churned-up NFL pitch if they move their October 28 clash back 24 hours.According to reports, the Premier League clash is set to be moved back 24 hours, with the various parties poised to rubber stamp the fixture switch.8 The Wembley pitch has been seriously churned up by NFL fixtures in previous yearsCredit: PA:Press Association8 Wembley would face a quick turnaround if Spurs do have to play there the day after the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville JaguarsCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Philadelphia Eagles are due to take on the Jaxonville Jaguars under the arch on that day.But — as has happened in the past — the field of play could be looking worse for wear for the game, with previous NFL games tearing up the grass.According to the Mail, the various parties, including the Premier League and both clubs could agree to moving the game to the following evening.But City rejected any talk of moving the game to the Etihad.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final gameTottenham manager Pochettino talks about the Spurs stadium delay and how it is affecting the club 8 The NFL games at Wembley have previously torn up the playing surface at the home of English footballCredit: Getty Images – Getty8 The turf has been torn up by gridiron games being housed on the grass field at WembleyCredit: Getty Images – Getty8 Wembley ground staff face a quick turnaround if the pitch is churned up after the NFL clashCredit: Getty Images – Getty8 Tottenham trips to Wembley Park than they had anticipated with their new ground still not finishedCredit: PA:Press Association8 Tottenham’s new stadium on White Hart Lane is currently running behind schedule8 At least Harry Kane managed to break his August duck at Wembley StadiumCredit: ReutersThere would be several logistical factors to consider for the move, including the fact that the NFL pitch and markings would have to be removed, as well as the football goals and lines painted on to the field of play.There may also be considerations to be made about the state of the pitch itself, especially if there is rain.Ironically, Spurs’ new ground will be able to avoid any pitch problems with the flick of a switch, with a retractable field of play able to be rolled into the new 60,000-seater arena.Tottenham announced on Monday that they have reached an agreement with the EFL over the possibility of playing their Carabao Cup third round tie in September either in a neutral venue or reversing the fixture.But that depends on whether they are drawn at home or not.They will play their first home Champions League group stage game at Wembley, which will come in either week one or two of the competition.Tottenham 3-1 Fulham: Harry Kane scores his first August goal as strikes from Kieran Trippier and Lucas Moura complete winlast_img read more

Questions About Disney’s Latest Annual Passholder Offer

first_imgShare This!If you ever thought about becoming an Annual Passholder, Walt Disney World’s recent announcement of new perks to celebrate its 45th anniversary provided additional incentives to take the plunge.Annual Passholder MagicBands – © John KivusGuests who purchase or renew an annual pass between October 2, 2016 and January 3, 2017 will enjoy 13 months of admission to Walt Disney World. They’re also upping their game on discounts. Through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off of purchases as Disney owned-and-operated merchandise locations, up from the previous 10 percent discount.As for dining, through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 45 select theme park and resort hotel restaurants. The list includes restaurants in each park, along with the many of the Disney resort hotels. One welcome addition is 20 percent discounts at select counter service restaurants at the parks and Deluxe Resorts. Other table service restaurants continue to offer Passholders 10 percent discounts as they had previously.Great news, but it leaves you with a decision to make in the next few months and some unanswered questions. To help you make the right call, here is some clarity on issues that weren’t made entirely clear by Disney’s announcement.When do I have to activate my annual pass to get the 13-month offer?This is important, because having to activate your Annual Pass by that January 3, 2017 date would probably be a deal-breaker for many of us. After getting a clarification from a cast member, the date restriction is clearly for the purchase of the Annual Pass and not the activation.As long as you purchase your pass by January 3, 2017, you can activate it on any later date and still use it for 13 months. So if you plan on purchasing annual passes in the future, and can afford it, buying now would be wise to take advantage of the 13-month window.What if I already purchased theme park tickets?Walt Disney World guests can convert their theme park tickets into annual passes by paying the price difference. But Disney requires the conversion while actually visiting the resort. Walt Disney World does not currently upgrade your tickets by phone or online.That means you’ll need to be visiting between now and January 3, 2017 to do the upgrade in person at a Disney ticket window or guest relations location. A few tips for upgrading tickets:Unused tickets can be upgraded.Tickets that have been used can be upgraded within 14 days of their first use, but must be upgraded before the end of the last day on the ticket.If your ticket includes the Water Park Fun & More option, and any part of that option was used, you can only convert to the Platinum Plus Annual Pass.Is a Tables In Wonderland purchase still worth it?First, for the uninitiated, Tables In Wonderland provides a 20 percent discount on food and beverages (including alcohol) at more than 100 restaurants on Walt Disney World property. Florida residents can get a one-year membership for $175 and Disney Vacation Club members and Passholders pay $150.I previously wrote a blog post looking at the math involved with figuring out the value of Tables In Wonderland. Basically, for those who already have access to dining discounts as a DVC member or a Passholder, it can pose a challenge to recoup the initial outlay to join Tables In Wonderland.And in case you were wondering, no, Disney doesn’t allow you to stack one discount on top of another. If you have a Passholder discount and Tables In Wonderland, you can only use one of them at a time.Even with the new 20 percent discount at 45 restaurants for Passholders, Tables In Wonderland does provide a few benefits. First, the TIW discount carries over to alcohol, while the Passholder discount excludes alcohol. Second, you can find the TIW discount at many more restaurants, including counter service locations at Value Resorts, where Passholders get zero discount. Membership also includes the perk of free valet parking at resorts.In short, if you usually enjoy an adult beverage with your meal and you plan on doing a lot of dining on property, Tables In Wonderland could still pay off. But the calculations are becoming more complicated, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Passholders take a pass on it this year.What situations make an annual pass worthwhile?Here’s where this 13-month offer can really pay dividends. If your family travels annually the same week, spring break for example, having an annual pass valid for 13 months gives you two years of vacations.For example, a seven-day adult theme park ticket with the Park Hopper option is $467.54 with tax. A Disney Platinum Pass is $797.69 with tax. So for an additional outlay of around $330, you can take a second vacation a year later. The dangerous part is that you will also be tempted to take a third or fourth vacation during the time in between. It’s not necessarily a bad problem to have.If you want to dig deeper into this topic, here’s a fantastic look at the breakeven point for Annual Passes. The analysis factors in Memory Maker downloads, which cost $149 for advance purchase or $169 when purchasing at the parks. The purchase of an annual pass now includes all those PhotoPass and ride photos. Note that the analysis predates the most recent price increases, but the general idea still holds.In the case of just one trip, a single annual pass for one family member could still save money. In addition to the increased dining and merchandise discounts and Memory Maker, Annual Passholders also get free theme park parking and the opportunity for discounted rates at Disney Resort Hotels. So consider our earlier, weeklong trip scenario. If your total benefits exceed the $330 cost to upgrade to an annual pass, you can still come out ahead.last_img read more

Design Systems Are About Relationships

first_imgDigging InIn early 2019, I was part of a team — let’s call them “team blue” — that was building a design system for a large organization. I facilitated informal chats with this team and “team green”, which was using the design system to build a web application. Every couple of weeks, we got all the developers and designers together around a table and talked about what we were building and what problems we were trying to solve. These chats were our “sensitization and awareness activities.”We didn’t have permission to make our design system public, so we did the next best thing: we treated it like a small open-source project within the organization. We put the code in a repository that both teams could access and asked for contributions. Team blue was responsible for reviewing and approving these contributions, but anyone on either team could contribute. Team blue was also building an application of their own, so in a sense, they were both users and custodians of the design system.These interactions helped the teams build better products, but just as importantly, they established trust between the teams. Team blue learned that folks were using the system thoughtfully and building clever new ideas on top of it. Team green learned that the system really was tailored to their needs, so they could work with it instead of against it. Baxter and Sommerville might call this work “constructive engagement.”We found that both teams were under pressure to learn new technologies and deliver a complete product quickly. In other words, they were already operating under a pretty considerable cognitive load. As a result, the two teams agreed to focus on making the system easy to use. That meant sidestepping the whole web components debate, focusing mostly on CSS, and ensuring that our documentation was clear and friendly. Design Systems Are About RelationshipsRyan DeBeasi 2019-10-07T12:30:59+02:00 2019-10-07T12:35:35+00:00 Design Systems Are About Relationships Design systems can be incredibly helpful. They provide reusable elements and guidelines for building a consistent “look and feel” across products. As a result, users can take what they learned from one product and apply it to another. Similarly, teams can roll out well-tested patterns for navigation or reviews, making products more trustworthy. Effective design systems solve boring problems in a repeatable way so that developers and designers can focus on solving novel problems.Yet when someone uses the term “design system” in a meeting, I’m never quite sure what reaction to expect. I’ve seen curiosity and excitement about trying a new way of working, but I’ve also seen frustration and concern at the idea of a system limiting designers’ creativity. Some designers argue that design systems sap creativity, or that they are solutions in search of a problem. Design systems can fragment over time, causing teams to stop using them.Design systems aren’t going away, though. Just 15% of organizations lacked a design system in 2018, according to one survey. That’s down from 28% the previous year. Some teams use large, general-purpose design systems such as Google’s Material Design, while others use smaller, more bespoke systems such as REI’s Cedar and Mozilla’s Protocol.Design systems should empower teams, not limit them. For that to happen, we need to start thinking more holistically. A design system isn’t just code, or designs, or documentation. It’s all of these things, plus relationships between the people who make the system and the people who use it. It includes not just CSS files and Sketch documents, but also trust, communication, and shared ownership. As it turns out, there’s a whole field of study dedicated to exploring systems like these. (ah, il) In REI’s Cedar Design System, icons are tailored to the company’s outdoor gear business. The snowflake icon indicates ski and snowboard services, and the ruler icon indicates a size chart. (Large preview) IBM’s Carbon Design System lists all the variations of its components. (Large preview) Posted on 7th October 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share From our sponsors: Design Systems Are About Relationshipscenter_img The Big PictureA 1960 paper titled “Socio-technical systems” explored the interactions among technology, humans, and the larger environment in which they exist. Enid Mumford explained that researchers began by investigating how to build better relationships between managers and employees, but by the 1980s, they were focused on making work more efficient and cost-effective. In 2011, Gordon Baxter and Ian Sommerville wrote that this research helped inspire user-centered design, and that there’s a lot of work left to do.Baxter and Sommerville argued that today, there is still a tension between “humanistic” research, which focuses on employees’ quality of life, and “managerial” research, which focuses on their productivity. They also explained that it’s important to consider both technology and human interactions: “system performance relies on the joint optimization of the technical and social subsystems.”I’d argue that design systems are socio-technical systems. They involve interactions between the people who create the system, the people who create products using the system, and the end users who interact with these products. They also evoke the same tension between efficiency and humanism that Baxter and Sommerville saw.Design systems aren’t composed just of images and code; they involve conversations among designers, developers, product managers, CEOs, and random people on GitHub. These interactions occur in various contexts — a company, an open-source community, a home — and they happen across cultures and organizational boundaries. Building a team can mean bringing together people from disciplines such as animation, sound design, data visualization, haptics, and copywriting. Creating a successful design system requires equal parts of technical expertise and soft skills.And yet, peruse design or engineering news aggregators and you’re likely to see a distinct focus on that “technical subsystem” — code and tools, rather than people and conversations. Which creative tool is the best at keeping track of design tokens? What JavaScript technologies should be used for building reusable components — React, web components, or something else? Which build tool is best?The answer to these questions is, of course, “it depends!” Who will design, build, and use the system? What are their needs? What constraints are they operating under? What tools and technologies are they comfortable with? What do they want to learn?To answer these sorts of questions, Baxter and Sommerville recommend two types of activities:Sensitisation and awareness activitiesLearning about the varied people who will create and participate in the system, and sharing that information far and wide.Constructive engagementCommunicating across roles, building prototypes, and considering both the technical and social parts of the system. Design Systems Are About RelationshipsYou are here: The goal here is to establish a rapid feedback loop with people who are using the design system. Faster feedback and smaller iterations can help avoid going too far in the wrong direction and having to dramatically change course. P.J. Onori calls these sudden, large changes “thrash.” He says that some thrash is good — it’s a sign that you’re learning and responding to change — but that too much can be disruptive. “You shouldn’t fear thrash,” he says, “but you need to know when it’s useful and how to help mitigate its downsides. One of the best [ways] to mitigate the downsides of thrash is to start small — with everything.”Consider starting small by setting up a few basic elements:A version control system to store your code. GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket are all great options here. Make sure that everyone who uses the system can access the code and propose changes. If possible, consider making the code open source to reach the widest possible audience.CSS code to implement the system. Use Sass variables or CSS custom properties to store “design tokens” — common values such as widths and colors.A package.json file that defines how applications can build and install the design system.HTML documentation that demonstrates how to use the design system, ideally using the system’s own CSS.The node-sass documentation for the CSS framework Bulma describes these steps in a bit more detail. You can skip installing and importing Bulma if you’d like to start from scratch, or you can include it if you’d like to start off with some of the basics in place.You might have noticed that I didn’t mention anything about JavaScript here. You might want to add this element eventually, but you don’t need it to get started. It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole researching the best and newest JavaScript tools, and getting lost in this research can make it harder to get started. For example, “5 Reasons Web Components Are Perfect For Design Systems” and “Why I Don’t Use Web Components” both make valid points, but only you can decide what tools are right for your system. Starting with just CSS and HTML lets you gather real-world feedback that will help you make this decision when the time comes.As you release new versions of the system, update your system’s version number to indicate what has changed. Use semantic versioning to indicate what’s changed with a number like “1.4.0.” Increment the last number for bug fixes, the middle number for new features, and the first number for big, disruptive changes. Keep communicating with the folks who use the design system, invite feedback and contributions, and make small improvements as you go. This collaborative, iterative way of working can help minimize “thrash” and establish a sense of shared ownership.Finally, consider publishing your design system as a package on npm so that developers can use it by running the command npm install your-design-system. By default, npm packages are public, but you can also publish a private package, publish the package to a private registry, or ask developers to install the package directly from a version control system. Using a package repository will make it easier to discover and install updates, but installing directly from version control can be an easy short-term solution to help teams get started.If you’re interested in learning more about the engineering side of things, Katie Sylor-Miller’s Building Your Design System provides a fantastic deep dive. (Full disclosure: I’ve worked with Katie.)Wrapping UpDesign systems are made up of code, designs, and documentation as well as relationships, communication, and mutual trust. In other words, they’re socio-technical systems. To build a design system, don’t start by writing code and choosing tools; start by talking to the people who will use the system. Learn about their needs and constraints, and help them solve problems. When making technical, design, or strategy decisions, consider these people’s needs over the theoretically “best” way to do things. Start small, iterate, and communicate as you go. Keep your system as simple as possible to minimize thrash, and invite feedback and contributions to establish a sense of shared ownership.By giving equal weight to engineering and interpersonal considerations, we can get the benefits of design systems while avoiding the pitfalls. We can work in a way that’s efficient and humane; we don’t have to choose one over the other. We can empower teams rather than limiting them. Empowered teams ultimately help us better serve our users — which, after all, is why we’re here in the first place.Further Reading on SmashingMag:Tips For Managing Design SystemsIncluding Animation In Your Design SystemBeyond Tools: How Building A Design System Can Improve How You WorkBuilding A Large-Scale Design System For The U.S. Government (Case Study) HomeWeb DesignDesign Systems Are About Relationships Putting It All TogetherOrganizations of all sizes create reusable design elements to help teams build more consistent, elegant applications. Different organizations’ needs and dynamics are expressed in their design systems. Here are just a few examples:Google’s Material Design has several implementations in different frameworks and languages. It’s used by a variety of people inside and outside of Google, so it has comprehensive documentation and a variety of toolkits for design apps.Microsoft’s Fluent Design System targets four very different platforms. Like Material, it includes toolkits for UX designers and comprehensive documentation.Mozilla’s Protocol is implemented in Sass and vanilla JavaScript. It has a strong focus on internationalization. Alex Gibson says that this system helps Mozilla “create on-brand web pages at a faster pace with less repetitive manual work.”REI’s Cedar is built with Vue.js components and can’t be used with other JavaScript frameworks. Cedar is used primarily by REI’s internal developers and is closely tied to the company’s brand. The design system’s code is open source, but its fonts are not.Salesforce’s Lightning Design System is a JavaScript-agnostic CSS framework. It can optionally be used alongside the Lightning Component Framework, which includes two JavaScript implementations: one using web components and another using Salesforce’s proprietary Aura framework.Red Hat’s PatternFly was created to provide a consistent user experience across the company’s cloud platform products, so it has a relatively high information density and includes a variety of data visualization components. The PatternFly team recently switched from Angular to React after some experimentation with web components. PatternFly also includes a JavaScript-agnostic implementation using HTML and CSS. (Full disclosure: I’m a former Red Hatter.)IBM’s Carbon Design System offers implementations in React, Vue, Angular, and vanilla JavaScript as well as a design toolkit for Sketch. The Carbon team is experimenting with web components. (Hat tip to Jonathan Speek for tracking down that repository.)Systems like these are consistent and reliable because people from different teams and roles worked together to build them. These systems solve real problems. They’re not the result of developers trying to impose their will upon designers or vice-versa.Josh Mateo and Brendon Manwaring explain that Spotify’s designers “see their role as core contributors and co-authors of a shared system — one that they have ownership of.” Mina Markham describes herself as “the translator between engineering and design” on the Pantsuit design system. Jina Anne digs into the team dynamics and user research behind design systems: “Spoiler alert! You’re going to need more than just designers.”Let’s Build Some Stuff!Now that we’ve gone through research and some examples, let’s talk about how to build a new design system. Start by talking to people. Figure out who will be using and contributing to your design system. These people will probably span a variety of disciplines — design, development, product management, business, and the like. Learn about people’s needs and goals, and ask them to share what they’re working on. Consider planning an informal meeting with snacks, coffee, or tea to create a welcoming atmosphere. Establish regular communication with these folks. That might mean joining a shared chat room or scheduling regular meetings. Keep the tone casual and friendly, and focus on listening.As you talk about what you’re working on, look for common problems and goals. You might find that teams need to display large amounts of data, so they’re investigating tools for displaying tables and generating reports. Prioritize solutions for these problems.Look also for repeated patterns and variations on similar themes. You might find that buttons and login forms look a bit different across teams. What’s the significance of these variations? What variations are intentional — for example, a primary button versus a secondary button — and what variations have happened by accident? Your design system can name and catalog the intentional patterns and variations, and it can eliminate the “accidental” variations. Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Microsoft’s Fluent Design System targets four very different platforms. (Large preview)last_img read more

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