GitLab: UX Design in the Open – How GitLab Redefined the Way Users Navigate
12/07/2018 (Fri) 02:00 - 04:00
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GitLab: UX Design in the Open – How GitLab Redefined the Way Users Navigate

Talk abstract:

Maintaining simple and intuitive navigation for products as they scale is a constant challenge. As features are added and the product becomes more complex, ensuring easy access to these features also increases in complexity. How do you show users what they need to see when they need to see it? How do you give access to 'x' number of features without overwhelming the user? Even more challenging, how do you make changes to an existing product without alienating your user base?

This talk looks at how GitLab's navigation needs to evolve to keep pace. We will cover the trials, tribulations, and pitfalls of completely redesigning a product's navigation in an open source environment. We'll examine how, through the creation of personas, prototypes, and rounds of user testing, we were able to redesign and reintroduce an entirely new way to navigate Gitlab.

Hazel Yang

UX Designer and ex-GitLabber. She is into Interaction Design, Visual Design, and

Illustration. Her current bosses are two tuxedo cats.

楊蕙瑀,UX Designer,之前為 GitLab 工作。她非常熱愛 Interaction Design, Visual Design 還有


Sarrah Vesselov

Sarrah Vesselov is a UX Design leader based in Tampa, FL. In her role of UX Manager at GitLab, Sarrah works closely with designers, engineers, and project managers to shape the GitLab's vision and align it with organizational values. She has over 10 years of web design, development, and UX experience. She served as the Director for Women Who Code Tampa for 5 years, an organization dedicated to advancing women in technology. She holds a B.F.A in Computer Animation and an M.B.A in Marketing.


  1. Check in and Group Intro
  2. Hazel intro herself and her career journey (15 min)
  3. Sarrah intro herself and her career journey (15 min)
  4. About GitLab (Product overview, OS, Remote, How we work) (~15 min)
  5. GitLab Navigation Case Study (Research, redesign, iteration) (~40 min)
  6. Q&A

This event is free and will be in English.

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