Pulse design system

Role

Design lead, acting PM

Duration

1,5 years

Team

Designer, PM, EM, Engineers (x4)

Context

The existing design system was outdated, ambiguous and barely used. Product teams were distributed across global‚Ä® offices and not deeply synchronised. Established work processes and company‚Ä® culture didn’t incentivise consistency.

 

Intercom decides to form a dedicated design system and designer enablement team to address the above.

Outcome

The design system has been brought to a high level of maturity and adoption.

  • 50+ components, internal Figma plugins, Mac app
  • Consistent increase in component usage in code and Figma
  • Growing number of contributions to the system

The design system has been switched to a federated mode.

  • The system was managed without a centralised team
  • 40+ days of engineering work saved during the trial
  • 100% of designers have contributed to the system