Small Steps, Big Changes
Small Steps, Big Changes

Note: This article was originally published here.

During Gusto’s 2019 brand refresh, the Design Systems Team created dozens of components, UI libraries, and assets for the company’s hundreds of engineers and designers. After rebrand work wound down, the systems team shifted focus elsewhere.


Small Steps, Big Changes
Small Steps, Big Changes
Illustration by Mariah Barnaby-Norris for this article

Note: This article was originally published here.

During Gusto’s 2019 brand refresh, the Design Systems Team created dozens of components, UI libraries, and assets for the company’s hundreds of engineers and designers. After rebrand work wound down, the systems team shifted focus elsewhere.


Earlier this year, I helped form a dedicated design systems team at Sprout Social. As we rolled the team out to the organization, one difficult problem we were faced with was: how does a team of three people, with a dedicated roadmap, keep up to date with the work of twelve other teams and make sure they are properly supported?

One of the first things our team did was create a document to help other teams find ways to work with us. The document outlined example scenarios and provided numerous options for teams to get in touch if they have…


Earlier this year, we officially formed a systems team at Sprout Social to grow and evolve our design system, Seeds. While the history of the team is short, the roots of design systems at Sprout spans back to the company’s early days. This is the story of our journey from style guide side project to a full-fledged design systems team and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.

The History of Design Systems at Sprout

Sprout’s team has grown rapidly from the original four co-founders in 2009 to around 500 employees today. As the company’s headcount and has increased, so have the number of products we offer…

Ben Lister

Product Designer, Design Systems — Gusto. @benclister on Twitter

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