🎙️ UX+DEV SUMMIT 2018 – Sarrah Vesselov

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Sarrah Vesselov is a UI/UX Developer with over 10 years of experience in web design and development. She currently works for GitLab as UX Manager, setting the overall direction of UX from both a design and application experience view. Prior to that, she was Senior UI Developer at Nitro Solutions and UI / UX Lead at Mad Mobile. She also serves as the Director for the Tampa chapter of Women Who Code.

Sarrah’s talk: Designing in the Open – How Gitlab Redefined the Way Users Navigate

Maintaining simple and intuitive navigation for products as they scale is a constant challenge. As features are added and the product becomes more complex, ensuring easy access to these features also increases in complexity. How do you show users what they need to see when they need to see it? How do you give access to ‘x’ number of features without overwhelming the user? Even more challenging, how do you make changes to an existing product without alienating your user base? This talk looks at how GitLab’s navigation needs to evolve to keep pace while implementing features to support “idea to production” and broaden its user base. We will cover the trials, tribulations, and pitfalls of completely redesigning a product’s navigation in an open source environment. We’ll examine how, through the creation of personas, prototypes, and rounds of user testing, we were able to redesign and reintroduce an entirely new way to navigate Gitlab.

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