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
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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 is currently exploring the impact of Voice and Sound Design on UX. Clive is based in Berlin, Germany, and an active member of the European UX scene where he has co-organized Europe’s largest topical BarCamp, revived the local UX Book Club and mentors students for Career Foundry.

Find Clive on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Bradley Gabr-Ryn

Bradley is a product designer based in London, UK. In leading the design team at Caus 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.

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. She moved from art direction to UI, to UX design. In 2018, Claire-Lise joined CosaVostra, a digital agency and innovation lab 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 experience designer and strategist based in Berlin. By merging his engineering knowledge with design research he looks at human behaviours, emerging technologies and how they can shape our futures. He is now applying his skills to the travel industry at Qixxit.

Find Mattia on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Meet the XDIs

Nov 2-6, Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, USA
Oct 29, XDDC, Heidelberg, Germany
Oct 15, XDDC, Nürnberg, Germany
Sep 30, XDDC, Leipzig, Germany
Sep 26-28, Euro IA, Riga, Latvia
Sep 24, World Interaction Design Day, London, UK
Sep 16-18, Intersection Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
Sep 5, XDDC, Hannover, Germany
Aug 19, XDDC, Frankfurt, Germany
Jul 25, XDDC, Stuttgart, Germany
Jul 9, XDDC, Düsseldorf, Germany
Jun 20-21, FLUPA UX-Days, Paris, France
Jun 12, XDDC, Dresden, Germany
Jun 4, UX Strategy, Zurich, Switzerland
May 23-25, ACE! Conference, Krakow, Poland
May 2, From Business to Buttons, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 13–15, Awwwards Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 25, UXCGN/eresult/Publicis.Sapient, Cologne, Germany
Jan 18, University of Applied Science, Trier, Germany
Dec 5, IxDA Malmö, Sweden
Nov 22 – 23, Pixel Pioneers, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Nov 22, UsByNight, Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 21, Tech Thursday Kilkenny, Ireland
Nov 9, University of Applied Science, Krefeld, Germany
Nov 9, BTK Berlin, Germany
Nov 7, BTK Berlin, Germany
Nov 2 – 3, Service Experience Camp, Berlin, Germany
Nov 1 – 2, WUD Tallinn, Estonia
Oct 29 – 31: Amuse Conference, Budapest, Hungary
Oct 23 – 24: Chatbot Summit, Berlin, Germany
Oct 19 – 20: Push Conference, Munich, Germany
Oct 16 – 18: World Usability Congress, Graz, Austria
Oct 13 – 17: Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, USA
Oct 10 – 12: UX-DAY, Mannheim, Germany
Oct 3 – 5: UXDX, Dublin, Ireland
Sep 28: UX Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Sep 26: UX Playground, London, UK
Sep 26 – 28: designmatters, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 21 – 23: WebExpo, Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 18: SAE Institute, Berlin, Germany
July 5: Forward Festival, Hamburg, Germany
June 21 – 22: Bump Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
June 16 – 17: element talks, Warsaw, Poland
June 7 – 9: ProductCamp, Gdynia, Poland
June 1 – 2: UXCamp Nordic, Helsinki, Finland
June 1 – 2: Forward Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
May 30 – 31: Forward Festival, Munich, Germany
May 23 – 25: UX London, UK
May 18: Typo, Berlin, Germany
May 7: beyond tellerrand, Düsseldorf, Germany
May 4 – 5: UX Camp, Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 26 – 28: Forward Festival, Vienna, Austria
Apr 24 – 26: D&AD Festival, London, UK
Apr 16: Berlin Lean Prototyping, Berlin, Germany
Mar 15: IxDA Oslo, Norway
Feb 26: UX Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 5: Interaction 18, Lyon, France

XD Workshops

*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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