Kai Forsyth


I occasionally write about what work I’ve been doing and share my thoughts on design.

Some of my longer articles are also published on Medium.

Sketch users meetup September 2017

Sketch app iconThere’s a new meetup for users of Sketch that will be holding their very first event on Thursday 28 September 2017 at the Atlassian offices.

Atlassian engineer Tim Pettersen will be giving a talk on our newly announced Sketch plugin for Jira and how to develop plugins for Sketch.

Sketch plugin for Jira screenshots

If you use Sketch and Jira and don’t yet use the plugin, you should check it out and watch Tim’s demo.

As always, they’ll be beers and pizza provided so come down and say hi! Make sure you RSVP on the event page as space is limited.

Sharing Atlassian’s new design language

During Atlassian’s first ever European Summit conference in Barcelona, we announced the biggest update to our design language to date. You can learn all about the changes in the Simply Powerful keynote.

Simply Powerful keynote at Atlassian Summit, delivered by the Head of Design, Jürgen Spangl.

This has been a massive effort and a huge achievement for our design team, one that I’m really proud to be a part of.

Illustration of characters building a user interface Our new design language is an exciting step forward in unifying the design of our products and bringing more warm and humanity to our design system through our brand principles.

And I can finally reveal what I’ve been doing over the last few months in Jira. If you skip to 1:19:04, you’ll see a glimpse of the entirely new issue experience that I’ve been working on. Some of the updates include an improved layout optimised for getting your work done, a new content editing experience, comment reactions and an improved attachments experience. And there’s still plenty more to come.

Our new design language has been getting overwhelmingly positive feedback, and it will be exciting to see the team’s hard work make its way into our products in the coming months.

Progress over perfection at Atlassian Design Week 2017

Design Week is our annual conference at Atlassian where designers, researchers, writers, and developers from all over the world meet in Sydney to learn and create as a team.

This year’s theme was progress over perfection, and we heard over forty talks that tackled everything from how we can make better decisions to how we can better practice mindfulness at work.

Design Week is a great opportunity for us to all get together each year and learn from each other. Most of the talks are curated from designers, researchers and writers inside of Atlassian and it’s so inspiring to hear how your colleagues are solving and approaching problems in their work.

This year, we also welcomed the Trello design team to the Atlassian family, and it was great to hear from how their team has embraced working distributed and remotely.

Check out the video from the week below. I also curated a Twitter moment with some of the best tweets from the team.

This year’s Design Week was held at the Australian National Maritime Museum.