Meet the Community Extension of the XD Team: XDIs

XDIs are a group of community-driven XD pros trained to give workshops and premium training and consulting, and provide direct feedback to the XD product team.

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Meet the Community Extension of the XD Team: XDIs

From the very beginning of Adobe XD, we’ve made close contact with the design community the heart of our process. Sticking to design best practices, the team has engaged the community through formalized user research methods, frequent customer and community meetings, and online user feedback through UserVoice, all of which is instrumental to the decision making process on the XD team.

Staying in touch with users, whether it is observing first time users or listening to power users, has served as a rich source of information, and it’s a lot of fun to do! We have also found that designers embrace the conversation with us and the exchange of best practices in research and product design, at these events.

We’ve found that workshops provide a great opportunity to collect community feedback. At these events, we share tips and tricks for using XD and discuss use cases, the product roadmap, and the principles that guide our product design process. While the team has hosted and continues to host workshops, we’re hoping to get in front of more users around the globe, on a more frequent basis.

At the same time, we’ve received requests for professional training on XD, and its interoperability with Creative Cloud and other 3rd party tools.

To scale our efforts, provide the community with more opportunities to onboard and succeed with Adobe XD, as well as serve as a direct feedback conduit for the product, we’ve developed an extended team of interdisciplinary professionals from within our community: the XDI* team.

Starting in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, we are partnering with a select group of passionate practitioners. With a broad view of the entire design process, they are able to provide premium training services using Adobe XD.

Through facilitation, mentorship and inspiration, XDIs empower designers and stakeholders to challenge assumptions, identify opportunities, and evolve their design process. By having a direct connection to what the XD team is working on, XDIs are able to understand the impact of XD on the design process.

Adobe XD is community driven. XDIs are part of the design community. And they are here to give back to that community. As a team, we are proud to announce the first group of European XDIs – be sure to follow them on Twitter and look out for them at an upcoming event near you!


Meet the XDI Team

Clive K. Lavery

Clive is a Freelance UX Person and Full-Stack Human Being with more than 10 years of experience helping leading digital agencies and in-house teams to make their users and clients happy. He currently focuses on facilitating Design Sprints, studying Social Entrepreneurship and exploring the impact of Voice and Sound Design. Clive is based in Berlin, Germany, where he is a proud part of the UX Camp Europe organizing team, mentor for Career Foundry and initiator of UX Book Club Berlin.

Find Clive on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Bradley Gabr-Ryn

Bradley is a product designer based in London, UK. In leading the design team at New Lion and working with the team at to build a platform for the next generation of designers, he strives to work on projects that drive meaningful change in the world. Bradley lives and breathes everything startups.

Find Bradley on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Claire-Lise Bengué

Claire-Lise has been exploring the transformation of text from paper to digital working in the digital publishing industry with magazines such as Marie-Claire, digital publishers such as Les éditions merveilleuses, and startups such as Jnuine. She moved from art direction to UI to UX design. Claire-Lise is a digital nomad based in Paris, France.

Find Claire-Lise on Twitter and Linkedin.

Matthias Ott

Matthias is an independent UX designer and UI engineer based near Stuttgart, Germany. He teaches Interface Prototyping at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, curates the monthly newsletter, and frequently writes about the intersection of design, development, prototyping, and the (Indie)Web.

Find Matthias on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Chakib Labidi

With a background in industrial design, Chakib is a London, UK based UX consultant and founder of UX Playground. He has taught user-centered design at Winchester University and UDK Berlin. Chakib has been working for over 17 years with clients internationally to create digital products and services.

Find Chakib on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Mattia Compagnucci

Mattia is an Italian experience designer based in Berlin. With a BA in computing and automation engineering his love for typography made him embark on a design career and an MA in digital experience design at Hyper Island. By merging his engineering knowledge with design research he is now looking at how emerging technologies can shape the future of our planet and society. Mattia is a co-founder of Fattelo!

Find Mattia on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Meet the XDIs

May 18: Typo, Berlin, Germany

May 7: beyond tellerrand, Düsseldorf, Germany

Mar 15: IxDA Oslo, Norway

Feb 26: UX Copenhagen, Denmark

Feb 5: Interaction 18, Lyon, France

XD Workshops

Host a public XD workshop!

Request an XDI to teach a workshop at your local community or industry event (this is currently limited to specific countries). Send your request to the XDI team here.

Book a workshop for your team!

Request an XDI to teach a class at your company or organization. Request more information via email.

*What does XDI mean? Well, we started off with an acronym for “XD Instructors,” but quickly came to realize that our XDIs represent much more than just instructing: They are inspirational, interfacing to the team, iterating, icebreaking, informing, insiders, improvers, ideators, Italians 😉 …and they are also incredible! As Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” We decided to just leave it with XDI. Now you know!

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