Developing a design environment

What is a design environment and how can it make a design system easier to use?

Jules Forrest
May 22, 2018 · 8 min read
Sketch Symbols for Thread, Credit Karma’s internal design system.

Development environment: the set of processes and programming tools used to create the program or software product.

Design environment: the set of processes and design tools used to design the program or software product.

The Thread resource folder

Testing the process

Tradeoffs

Reduced workflow autonomy

Additional dependencies and software conflicts

Mental overhead

Evaluating tools

The nice thing about design tools collectively converging is that all the tools individually get better.

Looking ahead

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Thanks to Joshua Taylor.

Jules Forrest

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Senior product designer @CreditKarma, working on design systems. I like type.

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