DESIGN

We laid the foundation of a solid design practice. 

We helped this organization form the basis for continued excellence in design through a cogent and sustainable design system implementaiton.

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Client

 

Location: National 

Industry: Organizational Support

Role: Group Funding & Management

 

Services

Overview

When laying the foundation for a successful design practice, the process is not unlike designing and building a home. The foundation, and the principles that guide it, serve to carry the weight of the practice throughout the proceeding phases and efforts. For this organization, success meant getting everyone moving together on a shared vision, and establishing best practices to go forward with throughout the group's journey.   

These efforts, through collective buy-in and thoughtful implementation, set a precedent of beautiful design and hierarchical structure which inform the group's design practice to this day. 


How do you get a diverse team on the same page quickly, through visual design and rapid prototypes?

The Challenge

We joined this group to tackle an organizational issue: how do you get a diverse team on the same page quickly, through visual design and rapid prototypes? To answer this question, we called upon our expertise across design systems, attempting to find a match between problem and solution. We sought out a solution, and the associated backing, to create a sustainable structure for the group well into the future.

This system would not only serve the current staff, but be flexible enough to onboard new people quickly, while maintaining velocity on important organizational objectives. It would need to be nimble, scalable, and adaptable to changing circumstances.

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Our Approach

DeveloperTown came into the engagement with an open mind, assessing the group's needs while maintaining flexibility on what would work once the engagement is over. This consideration of the end during the journey not only helped to frame problems and evaluate solutions, but kept the team focused on ownership of their design practice as it would grow.

One of the most important aspects of any system implementation for this group was time spent during the design process - managing a team of individual needs and skills at a rapid pace to ensure the products and services they were creating made it to market in a timely fashion. A single source of truth, that could be managed in different places, was critical to their success.

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Solution

DeveloperTown successfully implemented a design system and practice approach, creating structures to allow for key design deliverables including:

  • Visual user flows
  • Functional prototypes 
  • Testable product iterations
  • Design library & glossary

These deliverables helped to lay the groundwork for the importance of design in all of the organization's efforts, streamlining connections and consolidating visual artifacts into a single source of truth. Additionally, this system cut down on the time to build page views and deploy prototypes, allowing more robust efforts to make their way to stakeholders quickly. Instead of lengthy coordination efforts and opaque design practices, the team now spends time refining beautiful design and forging a path into a brighter future. 

 

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