The story of building a design system, the startup way

This article is part 1 of a 2 part series on our experiences creating our Retailer design system at Trouva. Read Part 2, “From Zero to Design System — A step by step guide to launching a design system at a startup”.

When a product is built without a design system, the idea of retrospectively adding one in can be daunting. A design system can seem like an abstract beast at this stage, a set of rules and guidelines that do not yet exist in theory, let alone in code. …


A step by step guide to launching a design system at a startup

This article is part 2 of a 2 part series on our experiences creating our Retailer design system at Trouva. Read Part 1, “First the Product, then the Design System — The story of building a design system, the startup way”.

Design systems don’t emerge overnight. They require a lot of planning, team buy-in, and constant nurturing. For many startups, it’s not realistic to build a product with a design system from the beginning — something we experienced with our Retailer product at Trouva (which you can read about in more detail in Part 1 of this article series.) …

Jen Bayne

Senior product designer at Trouva. Interested in design systems, user research practices, and design for growth. jen-bayne.com

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