An experienced designer turned developer, Nathalie is currently a Front End Software Engineer at Zoopla. She made the transition from graphic designer to web developer in her forties to build an online presence for her family run business. Bitten by the coding bug Nathalie went on to found a tech startup, completing a Full Stack Bootcamp in 2016 to step up to the role of technical co-founder. The startup sadly failed, but it provided a springboard to her new career as a software engineer.
Having worn many hats as designer, startup entrepreneur and now developer Nathalie is intrigued by differences in perspectives amongst colleagues and how that governs working relationships, not only within teams but across roles too.
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I am no expert on the subject of Design Systems but what I am, is bilingual. I grew up in graphics and design was my first language. I moved to development and lived here long enough to start dreaming in code.
What I am is an interpreter fast becoming adept at catching the subtle nuances easily lost in translation, acting as a go-between when designs are switched to code. Focusing on my team's journey on creating the spacing for Zoopla's design systems. I will touch on the:
- communication challenges between design & engineering
- the skills I used to be the bridge between both roles
- process in creating a shared language between the product team, and
- any future improvements I can foresee