Meet the Community Extension of the XD Team: XDIs
XDIs are a group of community-driven XD pros trained to give workshops and premium training and consulting, and provide direct feedback to the XD product team.
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by Andre Jay Meissner
posted on 02-23-2018
From the very beginning of Adobe XD, we’ve made close contact with the design community the heart of our process. Sticking to design best practices, the team has engaged the community through formalized user research methods, frequent customer and community meetings, and online user feedback through UserVoice, all of which is instrumental to the decision making process on the XD team.
Staying in touch with users, whether it is observing first time users or listening to power users, has served as a rich source of information, and it’s a lot of fun to do! We have also found that designers embrace the conversation with us and the exchange of best practices in research and product design, at these events.
We’ve found that workshops provide a great opportunity to collect community feedback. At these events, we share tips and tricks for using XD and discuss use cases, the product roadmap, and the principles that guide our product design process. While the team has hosted and continues to host workshops, we’re hoping to get in front of more users around the globe, on a more frequent basis.
At the same time, we’ve received requests for professional in-house training on XD.
To scale our efforts, provide the community with more opportunities to onboard and succeed with Adobe XD, as well as serve as a direct feedback conduit for the product, we’ve developed an extended team of interdisciplinary professionals from within our community: the XDI* team.
Starting in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, we are partnering with a select group of passionate practitioners. With a broad view of the entire design process, they are able to provide premium training services using Adobe XD.
Through facilitation, mentorship and inspiration, XDIs empower designers and stakeholders to challenge assumptions, identify opportunities, and evolve their design process. By having a direct connection to what the XD team is working on, XDIs are able to understand the impact of XD on the design process.
Adobe XD is community driven. XDIs are part of the design community. And they are here to give back to that community. As a team, we are proud to work as close as possible with this excellent bunch of professionals – be sure to follow them on Twitter and look out for them at an upcoming event near you!
Meet the XDI Team
With a background in industrial design, Chakib is a London based UX consultant and founder of UXPlayground. He has taught user-centred design at Winchester University and UDK Berlin. Chakib has been working for almost 20 years with clients internationally to create digital products and services.
Claire-Lise has been exploring the transformation of text from paper to digital working in the digital publishing industry with magazines such as Marie-Claire, digital publishers such as Les éditions merveilleuses, and startups. She moved from art direction to UI, to UX design. In 2018, Claire-Lise joined CosaVostra, a digital agency and innovation lab based in Paris, France.
Matthias is an independent UX designer and UI engineer based near Stuttgart, Germany. He teaches Interface Prototyping at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, curates the monthly newsletter prototyping.news, and frequently writes about the intersection of design, development, prototyping, and the (Indie)Web.
Based in Barcelona and committee member of IxDA Barcelona, Ethan is a Service Designer and UX Researcher who has worked with international clients such as Adobe, SEAT, Banco Sabadell and Meliá Hotels. He regularly gives workshops and talks on UX Design, UX Research, Service Design, and Design Sprints. Ethan is also an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at several universities, design schools, and bootcamps.
Hany is a UX & Product Strategist based in Berlin, running No BS, an innovation studio that runs Design Sprints to help companies solve real challenges and design meaningful solutions. For over 10 years he has designed and led in-house products and services for large corporations such as Volkswagen, and various startups — including his own Somuchmore that was later acquired. Hany mentors startups and regularly talks on UX, Product, and Innovation.
Bill is a London based UX design leader and teacher with over two decades of experience in education, technology, and media working with companies such as Google, Canon, Discovery, and startups including Endlesss. He recently worked as lead instructor at General Assembly and mentored via Designlab. When he is not working, he likes to play games with his son, make instruments, make music, write, speak, and sometimes even think about tech ethics.
Mike is a designer and design manager with more than 15 years of experience and based out of Prague. Working with clients like O2, Vodafone, Raiffeisenbank or Siemens he enjoys leading discovery sessions, defining strategy and concepts as well as evaluating them with customers. He’s been providing his services independently or through his agency Allprototypes.
Tim is in digital product design since the late 1990s. He entered the world of conversational design in 2015 and is now designing voice applications at 169 Labs, a voice assistant agency based in Munich and Cologne, where he also runs a Meetup on Voice Design. Amazon awarded Tim as one of the few 2018 Alexa Champions.
- Mattia Compagnucci has been a member of the first cohort of XDIs (Dec/17 to Nov/19). He is now working as a Head of Experience Design at lastminute.com. Find Mattia on Twitter and LinkedIn.
- Bradley Gabr-Ryn has been a member of the first cohort of XDIs (Dec/17 to Nov/19). He is now working as a Product Designer at Facebook. Find Bradley on Twitter and LinkedIn.
- Clive K. Lavery has been a member of the first cohort of XDIs (Dec/17 to May/19). He now working on the EMEA XD Strategic Development team at Adobe. Find Clive on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Meet the XDIs
Feb 4, Interaction 20, Milan, Italy
Dec 4, MSD, Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 3, Habitant via Experience Fighters, Madrid, Spain
Nov 20, Product Prototyping, Berlin, Germany
Nov 2-6, Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, USA
Oct 29, XDDC, Heidelberg, Germany
Oct 15, XDDC, Nürnberg, Germany
Sep 30, XDDC, Leipzig, Germany
Sep 26-28, Euro IA, Riga, Latvia
Sep 24, World Interaction Design Day, London, UK
Sep 16-18, Intersection Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
Sep 5, XDDC, Hannover, Germany
Aug 19, XDDC, Frankfurt, Germany
Jul 25, XDDC, Stuttgart, Germany
Jul 9, XDDC, Düsseldorf, Germany
Jun 20-21, FLUPA UX-Days, Paris, France
Jun 12, XDDC, Dresden, GermanyJun 4, UX Strategy, Zurich, Switzerland
May 23-25, ACE! Conference, Krakow, Poland
May 2, From Business to Buttons, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 13–15, Awwwards Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 25, UXCGN/eresult/Publicis.Sapient, Cologne, Germany
Jan 18, University of Applied Science, Trier, Germany
Dec 5, IxDA Malmö, Sweden
Nov 22 – 23,** Pixel Pioneers, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nov 22, UsByNight, Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 21, **Tech Thursday Kilkenny, Ireland
Nov 9, University of Applied Science, Krefeld, Germany
Nov 9, BTK Berlin, Germany
Nov 7, BTK Berlin, Germany
Nov 2 – 3, Service Experience Camp, Berlin, Germany
Nov 1 – 2, WUD Tallinn, Estonia
Oct 29 – 31: Amuse Conference, Budapest, Hungary
Oct 23 – 24: Chatbot Summit, Berlin, Germany
Oct 19 – 20: Push Conference, Munich, Germany
Oct 16 – 18: World Usability Congress, Graz, Austria
Oct 13 – 17: Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, USA
Oct 10 – 12: UX-DAY, Mannheim, Germany
Oct 3 – 5: UXDX, Dublin, Ireland
Sep 28: UX Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Sep 26: UX Playground, London, UK
Sep 26 – 28: designmatters, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 21 – 23: WebExpo, Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 18: SAE Institute, Berlin, Germany
July 5: Forward Festival, Hamburg, Germany
June 21 – 22: Bump Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
June 16 – 17: element talks, Warsaw, Poland
June 7 – 9: ProductCamp, Gdynia, Poland
June 1 – 2: UXCamp Nordic, Helsinki, Finland
June 1 – 2: Forward Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
May 30 – 31: Forward Festival, Munich, Germany
May 23 – 25: UX London, UK
May 18: Typo, Berlin, Germany
May 7: beyond tellerrand, Düsseldorf, Germany
May 4 – 5: UX Camp, Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 26 – 28: Forward Festival, Vienna, Austria
Apr 24 – 26: D&AD Festival, London, UK
Apr 16: Berlin Lean Prototyping, Berlin, Germany
Mar 15: IxDA Oslo, Norway
Feb 26: UX Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 5: Interaction 18, Lyon, France
*What does XDI mean? Well, we started off with an acronym for “XD Instructors,” but quickly came to realize that our XDIs represent much more than just instructing: They are inspirational, interfacing to the team, iterating, icebreaking, informing, insiders, improvers, ideators, Italians 😉 …and they are also incredible! As Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” We decided to just leave it with XDI. Now you know!
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