Organizing and Communicating Your Design Systems

Program Duration
2 weeks
Two Workshops
Nov 12 and Nov 19
4:00 - 6:00pm PDT
Online Program
Time Commitment
2 hours / week

$249 / program
Applications deadline: Nov 1, 2020

Why this program?

When it comes to design systems, organization and communication are critical. The design system serves as the source of truth for your product teams to use when building the product.

The purpose of this program is to help you reflect on the key components of organizing and communicating your design systems and provide you with frameworks and principles to structure the data to enable consistency and better collaboration.

Audience: Design Systems Leads, Design Systems Managers
Senior Product Designers, UX/UI Designers, Interaction Designers

Meet the workshop trainers

Michelle Alvarez

Staff Product Designer

Material Design, Google
Sun Dai

Product Designer, Design Systems


RETHINK programs gave me great insight into the next steps of my career, as well as many resources to help carry me through the next few months. I feel like I left the program with exactly what I needed - a plan to upgrade my career over the next few years.

Carly Johnson
Sr. Product Designer, Apple

What is included?

  • Access to 2 virtual workshops with interactive activities led by Michelle Alvarez and Sun Dai
  • A digital workbook to work on activities and help get clarity on your challenges.
  • Support to create a clear action plan for how to improve your design system.
  • FREE One - month access to our private, members - only community to learn and get support from other design professionals.

About the workshops

NOVEMBER 12          4:00 - 6:00pm

Schematizing Your Design System

This session will cover best practices for organizing and communicating your design system content; from foundations and terminology to context.

We will review and try out a framework for organizing your design system in order to create a bridge between your design system and the needs of your users.
NOVEMBER 19          4:00 - 6:00PM

The usability of the design system

How might we take a product approach to the design system, making it easy to understand and to access, so product teams find it easy to use?

In this session we will discuss our unique challenges when it comes to the usability of the design system, and brainstorm a few solutions to tackle problems such as information hierarchy and delivery method, to make the design system easy to use.

1:1 Peer
Support Group

You'll get the opportunity to get matched 1:1 with a design peer and discuss your challenges.

Additionally you receive one month free access to our private, members - only community circle to ask questions, learn, and get support from other design professionals.

Become a more intentional leader

  • Culture - Learn to build a culture that is attractive and effective.
  • Growth - Identify your blind spots and leadership growth opportunities.
  • Relationships - What’s your “relationship graph” look like with peers, partners, and leaders?
  • Product - Manage difficult conversations, handle difficult feedback.
  • Hiring - Understand who to hire and how to build a strong team.

Organize and communicate your design systems more effectively to collaborate better with your teams.