This post is part of an ongoing series about design at scale. Read “Driving Quality and Consistency at Scale” by Ken Skistimas, “Doing Design at Scale” by Lucinda Burtt and “Creating Stable Design Systems at Scale” by Sean Blanton.
The tools that digital and graphic designers use worldwide today have their roots in a system as old as the profession itself: layers. Since the earliest practitioners, and still common today, designers would create their compositions of a page by laying out the different elements — text, shapes, images — freely on a paper canvas. …
When I first joined the Dropbox Design team, most of our work was stored in the aptly-named “Design” Dropbox shared folder. The folder was shared amongst the Design team, as well as a number of non-design folks.
This system worked very well when the company was small, but Dropbox isn’t a small company any more. As a result of the liberal sharing of this folder, there were a number of problems that I and other members of the folder kept running into:
Design Manager at Facebook. Erstwhile Designer and Engineer at Dropbox.