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Rubrik -  - How to Create the Next Generation of Design Systems

Architecture

How to Create the Next Generation of Design Systems

For decades, brands have used design systems to help create an identity and unify separate solutions and messaging within a product portfolio. We can see it in everything from cars, product design and, of course, user interfaces. This blog post will walk through how we recently approached modernizing our design system to dramatically accelerate development while tackling the scaling challenges we encountered as our product portfolio expanded. Design systems, or the collection of components, building blocks, and elements used to define the visual language and rules of engagement with a product, have matured significantly in recent years. Now, they offer a granular-level of detail for every element of the design–color, components, key screens, states, and more.  As a result, design system sticker sheets and style guides are often lengthy and overloaded with detail, causing multiple problems:  design consistency is difficult to maintain as teams and product portfolios scale. designers spend too much time navigating documentation.  At Rubrik, we experienced these challenges firsthand and brought forth the question: how can designers create their design with minimum effort while also aligning with the design system?  To solve this problem, we decided to overhaul our entire design system and create an interactive working file.…
Rubrik -  - Design Centers and You

General Tech

Design Centers and You

A Bit of History I still find technology fascinating – don’t you? There’s a certain joy in tinkering, building, and ultimately creating that never gets old. This goes back to my earliest days when I used ResEdit to change the Welcome to Macintosh screen to say Be very, very afraid, but it remained true after graduating from college and diving headfirst into learning Novell Netware and eDirectory. For those of us with a CNA, it never actually expires and doesn’t technically have to be removed from your resume. I’ll let you decide if it stays or not though. Over time, part of my responsibilities both as a data center architect at a customer and then later as a presales technical director at a solutions integrator involved input on new product evaluations. I had to determine how the various products would or wouldn’t fit into my data center or our solutions portfolio. There are many facets to these kind of evaluations, so it can be daunting to keep track of the mountains of minutia – everything from technical to operational to financial and more. What’s a Design Center? In time, one idea that I came to focus on was a concept…