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The design system was built early on to help the team manage the mobile apps and all the digital platforms linked to our projects BUZZi (Case Study) and Moduseller.
Full disclosure: this is an ongoing project, and components are constantly evolving. Please enjoy my (work in progress) case study.
We are the creators and the main users of our own design system. The design system is also the foundation of our multiple platforms so our end-users are also part of the scheme. The system was made to help me save time and be more efficient as the only Product Designer but benefit also my developers.
How to leverage rapidly the power of a design system and justify the time to build it to the product owners?
In the past, I have built UI kits / smaller Design systems but never something that big and scalable. From Day 1, I knew it would be a permanent work in progress but I needed to find the right methodology to kick off the project and build good foundations and “obviously” with a tight deadline :)
Prior to laying the foundation stone (lego), I studied about existing Design Systems, how companies were building and organizing them. I took away some good insights and inspired by Brad Frost method and great talk with my friend Maxence, I decided to use the Atomic Design approach.
Material Design became a good ally and to this day is a great help to optimize the Design System. At some point, I know we will start to customize the system more and more to reach a stronger identity. It’s already happening but Material Design will stay a good resource to look at as they contain plenty of established patterns.
As a lead Product Designer, I put great effort to work hand and hand with the developers from the start. The Design System was built with them and by listening to their needs.
The design system will always evolve and most probably keep growing. Through this case study, I wanted to share with you my process and a bit of what I learned along the way. The Design System has definitely played a huge part to save me time as the only Product Designer in the startup.
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