The product design team at Nasdaq grew from a three-person team to over 25 designers in a span of about 2 years. Quickly scaling a design process across many different products, timelines, and stakeholders left little time for designers to compare work and establish best-practices across projects.

Using the Nathan Curtis's Component Cut-up method, I led a workshop to audit all of the designs we had created over the course of a few years in order to identify opportunities to standardize interface (UI) and experience (UX) components across the current and future projects our team works on. The process is described below.

Role: Project lead and workshop facilitator

Team: Small, then scaled across the organization

Step 1

Print as many of your product screens as you can find, and cutout each component. This process can be long, tedious, and the discussion about how atomic a component can be... endless.

Step 3

Label each category and begin documenting. Be as detailed as possible!

Step 2

Lay out all cutout components on a flat surface and group components into categories. This process can be challenging, but group discussions help with later justification and documentation.

Step 4

Glue cutout, categorized components to paper and write descriptions, best practices, and other notes.


Documenting all of the identified patterns took the team nearly 3 weeks to complete, but armed us for the next step of designing and building a robust pattern library. The final online tool was named UI Guidelines. It is now being used by the product design team and is shared with development teams across the company.