As I have mentioned in previous posts, UX standards are part of my general purview here at Sears. People are for, against, on the bandwagon, or off in left field with regard to following or even liking standards depending on the day or week – or, probably more accurately, the design problem they are trying to solve.
So, I was extremely pleased to find over 20 people give up their lunch hour on a Friday afternoon to participate in a design session for the style guide. We had full participation from all our disciplines – UXAs, Visual Designers, Copywriters, and Web Developers. The agenda included a card sort and open discussion about what else the design team would like to see in the guide. The discussion was positive and very productive. There was widespread support of the guide and some great suggestions on what we should have to support not only our design pattern library, but the individual needs of the disciplines.
Expertly facilitated by one of our project managers, I left the session ready and re-charged. Of course, I mentioned that signing up for the session potentially implied volunteering to author a chapter or two. But, as the team understands the need for speed to market, I suspect that I just need to ask.