October 2, 2019 / 40 min

Bonus episode: Jina Anne, Founder of Clarity, on Crafting a Community for Design Systems

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Jina Anne

Jina Anne

Founder of Clarity
About The Episode

If you’re engaged in any sort of community surrounding Design Systems, whether it’s the Design Systems Slack, or Clarity (a design systems conference), then you have likely benefited from Jina Anne’s work. A self-styled Design Systems Advocate, Jina has been passionate about creating events, content and resources that bring together communities of people who care about design systems and how they impact product design. In this bonus episode of the Design Better Podcast, we chat with Jina about how she got into Design Systems, what she has learned from building these communities, and how being a hybrid designer-developer influences her understanding of Design Systems.


  • How having a Design System affects company culture.
  • What to consider when deciding to go public with your Design System, or keeping it private.
  • How Design Systems can be effectively maintained.



Jina Anne is a designer and HTML/CSS developer, with a passion for design systems, style guides and pattern/component/UI libraries. She enjoys building engaging communities both online and in real life; including conferences like Clarity (ClarityConf.com) and meet ups (SFDSC.co and theMixinSF.com).

Meet Your Hosts

Aarron Walter
VP of Design Education

Aarron Walter is Director of Product on the COVID Response team at Resolve to Save Lives. Previously, he was VP of Design Education at InVision, and founded the UX practice at Mailchimp where he helped grow the product from a few thousand users to more than 10 million. He’s the author of a number of books, the latest of which is a second edition of Designing for Emotion. Aarron’s design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of major corporations, startups, and venture capital firms.

You can find Aarron on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Eli Woolery
Director of Design Education

Eli is the Director of Design Education at InVision. His design career spans both physical and digital products, and he has worked with companies ranging from startups (his own and others) to Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his background in product and industrial design, he has been a professional photographer and filmmaker. He teaches the senior capstone class Implementation to undergraduate Product Designers at Stanford University. You can find Eli on Twitter and Medium.

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