Build resilient systems at scale
28–30 October 2015 • Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Design for a global audience (and how a pattern library can help!)

Sophie Shepherd (Ushahidi)
17:05–17:45 Thursday, 29/10/2015
Location: G106/107
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 8 ratings)
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Prerequisite Knowledge

While I will refer to some front-end development techniques, I will explain everything thoroughly and the content will be accessible to almost all people.


The Ushahidi platform is a data collection tool that has been used by over 18 million people in 150 countries, and translated into 49 different languages. As a designer on Ushahidi, Sophie will talk about the challenges of designing for global users with varying devices and connections, languages, and digital experiences, and will explain how a pattern library has made this process easier.

Sophie Shepherd


Sophie Shepherd is a senior designer at Ushahidi, a non-profit software company that develops free and open-source products for information collection, visualisation, and interactive mapping. Prior to this, she was a senior designer at Happy Cog, a client-services boutique agency. When not designing, Sophie enjoys cooking, riding her bike, road trips, and camping. She is active in the Austin web community, where she organizes the Dribbble Meetup and teaches Intro to Responsive Design and Intro to Sass for Girl Develop It.