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Join us for Design System Day 2022

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The GOV.UK Design System Day will run on 15 and 16 November instead of 20 and 21 September. All tickets that have already been ordered can be used on the new date. 

All tickets are sold out. Tickets from people who are now unable to attend will be reallocated in order to those on the waitlist.

The GOV.UK Design System relies on a strong cross-government community to make sure it represents the latest research, design, and development work used in digital services.

To bring our community together, GOV.UK Design System and Prototype Kit teams regularly host events, workshops, and co-design sprints. Our team is always on the lookout for ways to engage users in different teams and departments to help strengthen the work we do, and to help to build better products. 

To continue this work we’ve decided to run our flagship event ‘Design System Day’ again this year. This is an opportunity to celebrate and discuss topics of interest for design system teams in government, the public sector, and the private sector. We’re hoping that the mix of attendees will lead to some interesting discussions and make the event a great place to network. We’re curating a space for engaging discussions, learning opportunities and future collaboration.

This year’s programme

The event will run over 2 days on 15 and 16 November. This year the event will be online and most sessions will run between 10:00am and 4:00pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

We’d like to collaborate and share knowledge about design systems with like-minded people around our 2022 theme ‘Inclusivity by design’. We’re hoping to cover topics such as accessibility, community and decision-making.

Each day will include a keynote event, a variety of educational or training workshops and some attendee-led breakout discussions. These sessions will be facilitated by a mixture of our team, guests speakers and members of the design community.

Tuesday 15 November:

  • Keynote – Amy Hupe on ‘Building conscious design systems’
  • Breakout sessions – choice of sessions pitched by community members
  • Workshops – choice of sessions led by the team and community

Wednesday 16 November:

  • Workshops (repeated from day one) – choose a second workshop
  • Breakout sessions – choice of sessions pitched by community members
  • Panel – facilitated discussion between accessibility experts

What’s special about 2022?

We’ve listened to feedback from last year and have made a host of changes to make this year’s event better. 

We’re running the event over 2 days this year. This allows for more scheduled break time in-between sessions, enabling attendees to get the best out of each session. Each portion of the event has been designed to balance input and interactive elements, making the conference as enjoyable as it will be educational.

Some of the workshops and training sessions will be repeated on day 2, which means that this year our attendees won’t miss out on the sessions that they want to see. We wanted to mix up the session timings to let people participate at the best time to fit their schedules and energy levels. The schedule on day 2 is the same as on day 1, but in reverse.

We’ve increased the number of people who can attend to 500 people this year, however we do recommend booking your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Keynote slots

We’re fortunate to have Amy Hupe as our opening keynote speaker. She’s a design system and content design consultant. In the face of complexity, Amy regularly makes the case for simplicity and inclusion. We’re very excited to hear what she has to share in her talk ‘Building conscious design systems’

For our closing feature slot, we’ve lined up a panel of accessibility experts to talk around  ‘inclusivity by design’. They’ll be discussing how to take accessibility in design systems to the next level.

Overall we have an exciting line-up planned for the event with a few notable names, which we’ll announce in the coming weeks.

Who should come?

Design System Day is aimed at people who frequently use design systems and teams who build and manage design systems. We’ are interested to learn and hear about the challenges of working with a design system from both the public and private sectors as well as other international government design systems.

Join the conversation

If you have a challenge or something you want to share with like minded people and would like to facilitate a workshop or breakout session, you can contact the team. All facilitators are guaranteed a ticket to attend the conference.

Our tickets have sold out. Follow us on Twitter or sign up to our mailing list to find out more about the event and our work. 

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  1. Comment by David Kindness posted on

    Will any of this be recorded for those unfortunate folk who are unable to make it (like me)?

    And will registration be required in advance to access recordings if so.


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      Comment by Design System Team posted on

      We'll record most sessions like the keynote speakers, panel talks as well as parts of the workshops (but not breakout sessions).
      We'll share these to our mailing list (there's a signup link at the end of the post) a few weeks after the event.

  2. Comment by Ikenna posted on

    Do you think this session will benefit Business Analyst that work on digital and technology projects?

    • Replies to Ikenna>

      Comment by Design System Team posted on

      The event is aimed at people who use design systems as well as teams who build and manage design systems. If you want to share your experience and knowledge, and you’re interested in the sessions (we’ll be announcing more about them soon) then sign up to the mailing list to be notified when tickets are available.

  3. Comment by Azahara posted on

    Where can I find the required Access Code on the Eventbrite website to register for the event? I get a popup once I click the Register button and there is a message that says, "You must have an access code to view tickets for this event." I signed up to the mailing list last month and also today just in case.

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      Comment by Design System Team posted on

      We’ve sold out of tickets Design System Day 2022. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, you can do that on through the Eventbrite event page. If a ticket becomes available, you’ll receive an email so you can register for the event.