Design Community

We’re a group interested in gaining more user experience design skills when it comes to creating our own campus digital experiences. Our intention is to teach each other skills, giving people who do the work of designing the confidence to create better experiences. We also want to look at how our individual designs make up the larger campus digital experience.

The core of making a better experience is to understand the needs of our users and provide them with experiences that are usable, valuable, accessible, intuitive, engaging, and consistent.

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Upcoming events


February 22, 2023

There are no events currently scheduled, please try again later.

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Get involved


  1. Join our Teams group.
  2. Join our email list by sending an email to:
    uw-design-community+subscribe@g-groups.wisc.edu

Subscribing and unsubscribing to Google Groups

2022 events

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November 17, 2022: Content: How it can support—or impair—your DEI efforts

With guest Dayana Kibilds, strategy director with Ologie

October 27, 2022: Build a better email: Tips and tricks for using Eloqua to send communications

With guest Rebecca (Bex) Quigley, Web Solutions Analyst with WIDA

September 28, 2022: Design Community: Now Better and more Design-y?

We discussed your feedback, adjustments we’re making to our session format, and future topics.

August 25, 2022: Design Community Retrospective

With guest Bryan Husk, Administrative Associate Director, MS in SMPH’s Biotechnology Program.

July 21, 2022: Kickstart your Search Engine Optimization

With guest Jonathan Dedering, software engineer with DoIT.

June 30, 2022: Swag: If you buy it will they come?

With guest Alison Caffrey, an instructional designer with the Instructional Design Collaborative in the College of Letters and Science.

May 20, 2022: Color Theory: Using color to enhance your design

With guests Al Nemec, web operations manager at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Kedar Joyner, product designer at the Division of Information Technology’s Web Platforms/Services.

April 22, 2022: Design thinking: problem-solving through creativity

With guest Mandy Morrow, Associate Director and Instructional Coordinator of the DesignLab.

February 28, 2022: Make Your Work Better By Understanding Your Users

January 24, 2022: The Hidden Benefits of Plain Language

With guests Jennifer Sell, Karen Parrillo, and Beth Gaytan from Cultural Linguistic Services

2021 events

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December 1, 2021: What should go on your homepage?

With guests Jenna Klinner and Matt Goins from WiscWeb

October 27, 2021: How to know the right way to label your content (card sorting)

With guests Adam Hills-Meyer and Laura Grady from the Center for User Experience

September 22, 2021: Three usability design techniques for your website (that you can implement today)

With guest Sandi Arendalkowski from the Center for User Experience.

Design resources

Make it accessible


Incorporate accessibility into your content, design, and development and support all people, including people with disabilities.

Content design


Best practices to plan, create, and manage digital content that is accessible, usable, and meet the needs of your audience.

UW-Madison brand


The visual and tonal identity of UW–Madison starts here, with our brand rationale, positioning statement, and pillars.

Design Services

Design Strategy


Understand your users and their needs, or how to make things simple and intuitive.

Digital Accessibility Evaluation


Discover if a website, application, product, or tool can be used by everyone.

Design Research


Learn about what your users need, or what they might say about your product or tools.

Design Community Co-Chairs

Laura Grady

Position title: User Experience Architect, Center for User Experience

Email: laura.grady@wisc.edu

Felipe Gacharná

Position title: Web developer

Email: felipe.gacharna@wisc.edu

Together we can realize meaningful results when it comes to our shared goals of increased engagement and efficiency, student satisfaction, employee productivity, and making our digital campus easier to use.