Design systems have become core to the way we design and build at GitHub. Since 2011 GitHub designers have documented UI patterns and shared common styles. In 2012, CSS and other assets were packaged up into a Ruby Gem for use in GitHub websites — this package was named Primer

The biggest challenges you face in a workplace are often not in how to build the product, but in how to build a healthy work environment.

After working in a range of organizations — from government, to agencies, to startups, big and small — I’ve found one of the most important indicators to a healthy work environment is an organization’s openness to change. The following are the principles I’ve found key to building a change-embracing workplace.

Be open to change your process

I spent the majority of my first trip to America looking at a computer screen, while sat on a bus that traveled from San Francisco to Austin. It turned out to be a life-changing experience.

At the end of 2010 I started planning my first trip to America for SXSW. Originally from the UK, I’d been living in Sydney for almost eight years and loved it. San Francisco had recently piqued my curiosity. Two colleagues had left that year to form a startup and were…

Diana Mounter

Design systems manager at GitHub. Organizes NYC Design Systems Coalition. Fan of potatoes. http://broccolini.net

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