WHAT PROBLEM ARE WE SOLVING?
The Ripple Design Team is a small but fast-moving team. We knew that we would quickly be scaling as the company found success and so there was a need for documentation and processes around Ripple’s design voice as a group.
However, the organization is very business heavy. Given that we were in “startup mode” it would be difficult to justify spending a lot of time doing any work that wasn’t an immediate product related priority like shipping features. I took it upon myself to evalutate what it would take to start a design systems initiative at Ripple knowing all the benefits a design system can bring in the long run. I ended up pitching the concept to many teams in the company to garner support and became a psuedo product manager planning roadmaps and conducting weekly cadence meetings and workshops.