Design System UX, UI and Documentation Design2018
I joined KeyBank when they acquired HelloWallet in 2017. Prior to then, Key had outsourced all of their design to external partners and their products had wildly different UX patterns, UI design, and code bases as a result. Our team fought to get funding for a design system to help set a higher standard of quality and consistency across Key's many banking products.
I currently serve as the lead UI designer on the Design System team. Throughout the course of a sprint I'm designing components, writing documentation, keeping our design assets organized, reviewing pull requests with engineers, and collaborating with product designers to implement components on their projects.
A balance of brand identity, usability, and accessibility across all screen sizes has been crucial for us as we work through component design. Once a component has been released I’ll check the pulse of designers across the company to make sure what we’ve designed is easy to work with and flexible enough for their needs. A component can look great, be accessible, and fulfill it's function, but if it's not flexible enough for the use cases of our products it will never be adopted.
Everyone on our team writes documentation for components. Writing guidelines for components I've designed has helped me think more clearly about what a component should do, what the boundaries of the component are, and how we should build it. I'll also work with our engineers while writing to make sure we're capturing accurate functionality and accessibility guidelines.
I help maintain the Sketch Library we use to keep all designers up-to-date from release to release. We create flexible Symbols and stickersheets that work in different product contexts and scenarios so designers can spend less time focusing on simple UI design tasks and more time on solving harder big picture challenges across the organization.