A couple weeks to rework a design system. Where to start?

over 2 years ago from Andrew Richardson, UX Designer @ Bluebeam, Inc.

  • Nelson TarucNelson Taruc, over 2 years ago

    I have some ideas but depends on the answer to this question: Is your DLS backed by a code library or would everything new in your DLS get coded from scratch no matter what?

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    • Andrew Richardson, over 2 years ago

      Currently it's only a code library and a wireframe library in Figma that tries to replicate the code library. Our lead dev's plan right now is to split our library into packages (One for the marketing site and one for the end user applications).

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      • Nelson TarucNelson Taruc, over 2 years ago

        OK, here's how I've done it.

        1. Take inventory of all existing components, rate on scale of 1 to 5 (e.g. 1 is terribly broken to 5 perfect, no changes).
        2. Do a gap analysis of missing components, rate on same scale (e.g. 1 is urgent add to 5 not really needed)
        3. With these two lists, draw a bright line to define the absolute minimum list of components you need to launch the new DLS. This is your new launch roadmap.
        4. Show that list to the lead dev, product owner and/or executive sponsor, get them to agree on priority, make sure there aren't any technical challenges that might invalidate your roadmap.

        The goal is not to get everything done in two weeks, but to get everyone to agree on a component roadmap and timeline, which will likely be more than two weeks.

        FWIW we use Figma too and we build components way ahead of the developer roadmap, to explore, refine and get early feedback. Good luck!

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