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Derek Torsani

β€” multi-instrumentalist and product designer focused on accessibility and design systems.

Personal principles β€”

"Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live, and let's change the way we treat each other."

β€” Tupac Shakur, 1992

Design β€”

Currently tending to design systems at Plaid.

Previously designed systems at Gusto, Oracle, and


Sound Color Project - audible to visual spectrum translation.

Halfdollar - collaborative and customizable budgeting.

Weiigh - calculated decision making.

Music β€”

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter influenced by sounds from all over the world.

Spotify / Apple Music / Tidal / Amazon Music / Bandcamp / SoundCloud

Volunteer β€”

With the gift of privilege comes the responsibility to use it to take care of others. I'm fortunate to be able to do this through giving of my time and resources.


Imago Dei - helping folx obtain essential life documents. - bridging the gap between nonprofits and givers by volunteering.

ADP List - design mentoring.


Anti-Racisim / Black Lives Matter / This is Stolen Land / Love is Love / No Human is Illegal / Hate Has No Home Here / Science is Real / Environmental Justice / Animal Rights

Contributions β€”

I'm thankful to have been able to share my work with many different people.


Accessibility Panel Host, 2022

Design Systems Group Session, ADPList, 2022

Inside Design Systems: Workbench, Design Systems Community Chapter Toronto, 2021

So you want to build a design system?, Mae Capozzi's Design Systems Newsletter, 2021

Documentation Resource Highlight, Figma Schema, 2021

Tools and Approaches for Design System Teams, Friends of Figma Lviv, 2021

Sound Color Project, Sound Scene & Hirshhorn, 2020 (start video at 1:32:35)

Designing Systems with Others, NOVA UX, 2019 (refer to notes for commentary)

Animating SVG, Hackital, 2017

Elsewhere β€”

Twitter / Medium / LinkedIn / Dribbble / Instagram / Unsplash

Archive β€”

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