Women in Design with Crystal Martin and Tatiana Mac

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Building Socially Responsible Design Systems

Brief Session DescriptionDesign systems have become the de facto approach for teams of all sizes to design anything and everything. As prototyping and development tools evolve to accommodate these systems, the barrier to entry is becoming lower and adaptation is becoming simpler. The love for design systems makes sense: they provide a scalable, flexible infrastructure that allows a team to create consistent work far into the future. However, rapid adoption of any new system could have significant, even dire, consequences. Comparing design systems throughout time, we’ll examine how they become entrenched in inextricable issues, how we can avoid this trap within new systems, and how to identify, fix, and prevent issues within existing systems.

Tatiana Mac

Tatiana Mac is an independent interactive art director and designer currently based out of Portland, Oregon.

She is passionate about creating representing our diverse communities through design, which means creating with inclusivity and accessibility in mind throughout the entire process. She believes that design can play an impactful role in reflecting our social landscape.

She is on the perpetual quest to learn something new within the digital space—right now her focus is on understanding accessibility and finding opportunities to integrate accessible design into design systems and frameworks.

When she’s not designing, she’s an insatiable traveler and rabid sports fan.




There’s Enough to go Around, Fam!

Psychologists refer to the “Scarcity Mindset” as a belief that there is only a finite amount of resources which encourages the behavior that anything you have you must hold on to it. Though the scarcity mindset is often used to describe economic and sociological behaviors, this talk will look at the scarcity mindset through the lens game theory. This will be a time to reflect on how we may ascribe to the belief that there isn’t enough to go around and examine how we may exhibit these behaviors, so that we can develop ways to create more abundance in ourselves and our community.

Crystal Martin

Crystal is a consultant at Slalom, a co-organizer of Strange Loop Conference, and diversity in tech/business advocate. As a Detroit Public Schools graduate, Crystal is passionate about equal access to education at all levels.

She came to St. Louis as a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member and taught middle school math in St. Louis Public Schools for four years. After her time in the classroom, she wanted to explore a career that would allow her to bring together her love for creativity, science, and community and technology was just that!

Crystal likes to call herself a “developing developer”, she’s a lifetime learner and is currently digging into JavaScript and Salesforce and fighting the patriarchy and imposter syndrome one key stroke at a time. She holds a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which goes to show, college degrees matter, but they really don’t.