UX Designers - How do you Spec?

over 5 years ago from Jean P, Interactive Designer

  • Jean P, over 5 years ago

    Exactly. I am approaching the Atomic Design method as we speak and defining components and variables with an engineer.

    But I am confronted with the same issues as the GE's Prefix Design System in the long run: https://medium.com/ge-design/ges-predix-design-system-8236d47b0891.

    We have multiple apps. And an atom has to match and work cross-app.

    You are the only one that understands my question as for now. May I ask if you have been in this role before (Design-Ops)? And if yes, what information you have gained from such position that could help others?

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    • Harper Lieblich, over 5 years ago

      Jean, my reading of the article you shared was about the challenge of getting the organization the adopt a design system. Is that your primary challenge?

      If so, you'll need to sit down with your managers and ask them for more concrete guidance and support. Evangelizing in a large organization is really difficult and takes years of experience to get good at.

      On the issue of keeping things consistent across multiple apps, I recommend borrowing from the version control process that your developers probably use. When a designer wants to use a new pattern, they have to document how it works, and then submit that to you before it can be added to the system. This helps to slow designers down when dreaming up wild new patterns.

      Good luck!

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