Building a Better Web
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Modern workflows: aiming for faster and better without burning out

Val Head (Adobe), Elaine Chao (Adobe)
11:00am–11:40am Thursday, June 14, 2018
People and teams
Location: 210 C/G Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Best practice, Beyond Code Track: The Business Side of the Web, High-level

Who is this presentation for?

Designers and developers who work on teams to create mobile apps or web sites

Prerequisite knowledge

No prerequisite software or coding knowledge is needed, but experience working on a team for web or mobile projects will make this talk more relevant and actionable.

What you'll learn

•How to improve your team’s communication throughout the project life-cycle • How to effectively deal with feedback during design iteration • The importance of good tools to help make your project flow more smoothly through design and development to the final solution.


The need to work faster and iterate quickly is pressuring teams to connect designer and developers more closely. The tools we use, and the way we talk about our work, can either help or hinder us in this quest for speed and flexibility. The way work flows between design and development is an especially critical part of the design process; good communication here can make the difference between a successful solution and failure.

In this talk, Elaine and Val will draw on real-world project experience to examine where the tools you use, and the way you communicate across disciplines can help your teams work more efficiently. You’ll leave with concrete takeaways for improving your team’s communication throughout the project life-cycle; how to effectively deal with feedback during design iteration; and what tools to use to help make a project flow more smoothly through design and development to the final solution.

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Val Head


Val Head, Design Evangelist of UX Innovation at Adobe, is a web animation expert and author. Val leads workshops at companies and conferences around the world to connect Adobe directly to the UX design community.

Prior to joining Adobe, Val spent years as an independent UI animation consultant helping companies embrace UI animation as part of their design system and processes. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation, published by Rosenfeld Media, teaches CSS Animation on and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter.

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Elaine Chao


Elaine Chao is a product manager at Adobe Systems, currently working on Adobe XD. In her 12-year tenure at Adobe, she’s worked as an engineer on a variety of products geared toward designers and web producers, including Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, and Creative Cloud Extract. Elaine is also a martial arts instructor, musician, writer, volunteerism advocate, and an Adobe Founders Award winner. You can find her online tweeting and blogging on Medium as @elainecchao.

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