Design System


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Design System Lead

  • Style Guides

  • UI Components

  • Pattern Libraries

  • Design Templates

  • Documentation

Starting point

Back in 2022 I was tasked to collaborate with Engineering Lead and Design Head to design and document the Pickers design system.

In order to formulate a well-structured plan, I needed a comprehensive understanding of our objectives and to moving forward, I would like answers to the questions below.

  • What is our goal?

  • Why is it important for us?

  • How it will help us?

  • How many resources can we put into building it?

  • Who is the design system for?

  • Do we want to build a public design system?

  • Will our design system be static or dynamic?

Talking with stakeholders and having an answers to all those questions I could scope the objectives we wanted to achieve.

  • One source of truth

  • A systematic compilation of reusable elements, governed by well-defined guidelines.

  • Maximized effectiveness

  • Improved collaboration and more efficient teamwork.

  • Increased ROI

  • Accelerated productivity, minimized redundancies, and significant cost savings

  • More time for important stuff

  • Efficient structure frees up time for the team to concentrate on higher-level tasks.

Research and audit

As there was already something designed I started auditing and collecting materials.

Questions I tried to find answers are:

  • What are the reasons behind incomplete key user flows?

  • How would you describe the overall identity of the project?

  • What messages do the visuals convey, and do they align with both our target audience and business goals?

  • Is there consistency in design, color palette, and typography across all materials?

I captured screenshots of everything that comes my way. Subsequently, I consolidated all these elements in Figma, where I annotated extensively and meticulously scrutinized the visuals and functionality to identify any potential flaws.

Compiled a comprehensive report detailing the issues I discovered, their severity. This report served as a roadmap to guide the team through the current state of the product.

Design and documentation

Creating a design system is challenging and can feel overwhelming, as there is no universal approach that suits every situation.

A design system goes beyond a collection of reusable assets, so it has to be an adaptable system of foundations, patterns, guidelines, components, and tools.

It's worth noting that design systems can vary significantly, ranging from relatively basic ones to highly advanced and comprehensive frameworks.


It's worth noting that design systems can vary significantly, ranging from relatively basic ones to highly advanced and comprehensive frameworks.


In order to make a design system scalable, I decided to use design tokens. But before starting to do so I needed to communicate to engineering lead the following benefits:

  • Use of the same language.

  • Improved communication between teams.

  • Synced files.

  • One source of truth, consistency on all platforms.

  • Solid foundations.

  • Steady design system brings value.

  • Easy maintenance.

  • Edit in one place, update all at once.

  • Less design and technical debt.

  • Fewer resources are spent.

  • Brand consistency.

  • Creating new products, maintaining uniformity, and managing a brand are becoming more accessible, faster, and cheaper.

These token names or variables, store design details in a simple, easy-to-read way. They work with all style files in our system, making design consistent and easy to scale.


As a result, I have built all the foundational tokens that has become the backbone of our design system and has helped us maintain a consistent visual style that is easy to manage and maintain.


After developing the foundational design tokens, I created a set of components that represented different design elements.

I wanted to avoid having an excessive number of components, especially with only minor differences between them, as it would add complexity and, ultimately, lead to a lot of technical debt.

And to understand if the component is valuable enough to be part of the design system, I asked myself:

  • Is it used across multiple flows?

  • Is it used by many brands/products?

  • How does it align with our design principles?

  • Does it solve a specific problem?

  • Is it reusable?

  • Is it flexible?

I started with the most impactful steps first so begun with the commonly used components and moved from the smallest building blocks to the bigger ones.


Defining foundations is pretty straightforward, but the magic and hard work for me lies in shared understanding and unified language.

In order to provide a single source of truth for coordinating assets, code, design principles, and guidelines, I used


I have added details of where, when, and why to choose it. Explained how the component can be combined with others to make the user flow as smooth as possible.


Metrics are the language of stakeholders and the evidence that we are maximizing the usage of our design system.

To be able to measure results I needed to know three simple things.

  • Is the investment paying off?

  • Did we increase the component adoption?

  • Are we providing value with the design system?


After implementing design system for 3 months, significant results were achieved.


design system adoption


reduction in task completion time