top of page

Why scale design systems for a growing startup

Case Study: Case Study: Build a scalable design system from scratch for use across the company.

2.2.png

Project Summary

Company: VERO Leasing, Jan. 2021

Role: Design Lead

The Problem

The front-end team needed a more scalable way to build the backlog of feature requests. In addition, design inconsistencies needed to be reigned in so the product team could focus on releaseing feature improvements faster.

Slide 16_9 - 16.jpg

// The goal was to build the company’s first-ever Design System based on Atomic Design principles for consistent scaling. //

The Challenge

 

  1. Engineering bandwidth does not support a major component overhaul

  2. Stakeholders need to be see benefits of a Design System

Our Solution

This project was very design team-heavy, so the solution was a straightforward step-by-step process. We routinely checked in with the engineering team and stakeholders to inform them of our strategy and confirm our direction.

  • Start by compiling all components in the platform

  • Analyzing current components for patterns and use cases

  • Build the Design System structure based on Atomic Design

  • Provide helpful annotations for other designers and dev team

  • Create bite-sized tickets for any component adjustments or additions

2.34.png

Final Results

The Design System immediately allowed the front-end team to begin building more quickly and the design team to create more efficiently. The product managers also had better clarity while scoping out new feature requests.
 

Slide 16_9 - 16.jpg

Next steps:
A few components need facelifts to function better and create more consistency
We rolled out some fast Jira tickets that the engineering team could pick up quickly and execute.

bottom of page