michelle turcotte

case study

odds and ends

a few design projects from my time as a manager

compensation statements

sharing raises, bonuses, and stock awards is one of the best parts of being a manager. however, the tools and default reports they generate aren't always great. take for example, this default statement for someone whose salary isn't being adjusted during the typical compensation planning cycle:

“congratulations, you're not getting a raise!” yikes.

i spent an evening exploring different options for improving this document while also including all the other compensation elements into a one-pager:

here's the final template that managers across the org used:

r&d internal conference accessibility presentation

i'm still expanding my knowledge of accessibility in design and development, but i'm a passionate advocate in this space.

a development colleague (and fellow accessibility advocate) from the recently-founded design system team and i collaborated on a “practical accessibility” presentation for our internal technology conference. the goals were to expand the org's knowledge of accessibility, and to share how the design system could help designers and developers with good defaults as a starting point.

here's an edited version of my sections of the presentation:

and here are some design choices in the presentation slides:

design system

prior to my involvement, there were several individuals passionately advocating for an ni design system. my role in the project largely involved…

i began this endeavor by designing and facilitating a workshop. the goals were to discover everyones’ hopes and fears about the design system work, to define what success might look like, and to leave with concrete actions for each role.

next, i set up a recurring shareback with leadership stakeholders across departments. the primary goal of this was to get leadership buy in and support to move this from a grassroots effort to a fully-staffed and funded team. every two months, i facilitated content creation for this shareback. after the first couple times, i created a template with the common content sections:

occasionally, i would present during these sharebacks, but my preference was always to enable individuals to present their own work and to get direct face time with leadership.

the result? within half a year, the design system became an officially staffed team. they continue to make exceptional progress on the nimble design system, which is now open source.

team t-shirt illustration

i had a ton of fun creating the illustration for our latest team t-shirts. you can read about the full collaborative process on my dribbble post.