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


September 2022
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November 2022
December 2022
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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

Recent events

August 2022

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

August 2022 slides (ppt)

Recorded: August 25, 2022

July 2022

Kick start your Search Engine Optimization
With guest Jonathan Dedering, software engineer with DoIT.

July 2022 slides (ppt)

Recorded: July 21, 2022

June 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.

June 2022 slides (ppt)

Recorded: June 30, 2022

May 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.

May 2022 slides (ppt)

Recorded: May 20, 2022

April 2022

Design thinking: problem-solving through creativity
With guest Mandy Morrow, Associate Director and Instructional Coordinator of the DesignLab.

April 2022 slides (ppt)

Recorded: April 22, 2022

February 2022

Make Your Work Better By Understanding Your Users
With guest Maria Dahman from the Center for User Experience

February 2022 slides (ppt)

Recorded: February 28, 2022

January 2022

The Hidden Benefits of Plain Language
With guests Jennifer Sell, Karen Parrillo, and Beth Gaytan from Cultural Linguistic Services

January 2022 slides (ppt)

Recorded: January 24, 2022

November/December 2021

What should go on your homepage?
With guests Jenna Klinner and Matt Goins from WiscWeb

November/December 2021  slides (ppt)

Recorded: December 1, 2021

October 2021

How to know the right way to label your content
(card sorting)

October 2021 slides (ppt)

Recorded: October 27, 2021

September 2021

Three usability design techniques for your website
(that you can implement today)

September 2021 slides (ppt)

Recorded: September 22, 2021

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.