Kicking off the night, Sean took stage to discuss his experience building and deploying a new design system at Autodesk. During the second half of the evening, Erin and Andy shared how Mixmax built and used a design system to maintain UI as their company began to scale.
A few key takeaways the speakers shared with the audience:
1. Implementing a design system within a growing company has several benefits. Design systems can:
Keep product and brand consistent within the organization
Help save time and effort put in by developers and engineering teams
Help save time and effort put in by designers and design teams
Eliminate unnecessary feedback loops between all stakeholders
2. Creating a design system and gaining adoption of a design system require two separate, but equally important strategies.
Sean shared that getting a design system adopted in a large, established company takes as much strategy and politics as it does design and development chops. This is why it is important to plan communications regarding rollout ahead of time. Planning ahead will help get key players on board to become internal influencers and champions of the system you create. Most importantly, always be willing to adapt your strategy as needed when introducing a design system to new users.
3. The tools to build a design system are abundant and readily available. It is essential to find the right ones that fit the strategic needs of your organization.
As Erin and Andy shared steps of scoping, deploying and growing a design system from scratch, they recommended trying tools like Storybook, Chromatic, Sketch Anima and DSM.
For more information, check out #C5DesignTalk for live tweets from the event. Also, if you’re in the NYC area, be sure to stop by Carbon Five New York on March 28th for the next Talk Night on Growth Design.