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Laying foundations for quality

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Enrico S. and 2 others
Laying foundations for quality


Design Systems Community goes remote! The Toronto Chapter is excited to announce its eighth meetup.

Location: Remote
This event will be streamed to YouTube at

12:00 - 12:10 - Design Systems Community & Housekeeping (Varun, Enrico, & Lucy)
12:10 - 12:45 - Talk #1 Modern patterns in modular software design by Ahmad Nassri
12:45 - 13:20 - Talk #2 The evolution of Shopify’s color system by Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent
13:20 - 13:30 - Closing remarks

Who should attend?
Anyone and everyone who is interested in learning about design systems is welcome. This event does not require background knowledge.

Talk #1: Modern patterns in modular software design
Ahmad Nassri, Fractional CTO, Answerable & #paid

Modular architecture patterns have been around for a long time, longer than some of us have even been alive! The pipe-dream to create a fully modular software system is still alive and strong, so what have we learned over the years and across different practices? And how do teams today adopt a modern view to an age-old problem?

About Ahmad
Ahmad is a software developer and advocate of all things open-source. A startup advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs & developers, he founded Tech Masters — a developer community of over 10,000+ members engaging in discussions on technology, careers, and learning. He is currently a Fractional CTO supporting multiple startups. Prior to his current role, he was CTO of npm, chief architect for TELUS Digital, and VP of Engineering at Kong.

Talk #2: The evolution of Shopify’s color system
By Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent, UX Developer, Shopify

In this talk, Kaelig covers a case study in how Shopify uses design tokens as the technical foundations of its color system, scaling it to multiple platforms, and with accessible theming in mind.

About Kaelig
Kaelig is a UX developer on the Polaris design system team at Shopify. In the past, he worked on a variety of design systems for companies such as Salesforce, the Guardian, the BBC, and the Financial Times. In 2016, he started talking about Design Systems Ops, a set of principles freely inspired from the DevOps movement, applied to front-end and design systems.

About Design Systems Community
Design Systems Community helps bring people together to share ways of working, successes, and other learnings to encourage best practices in building, scaling, and maintaining design systems. No matter how you engage with design systems, we all play a role in making information accessible for everyone, and without barriers.

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