I have worked with design systems for many years now. I spent a lot of time with them at Goldstar, where I built out the foundations of our design system in Sketch and Storybook (React component explorer).
I also lobbied hard to use an open source component library for all of the company’s internal tools, and could that as one of my great successes, based on the fact that development on these many tools quickened, the delivered experience was solid, and Design didn’t need to field any more UI-related requests from these teams.
At IBM where I helped move products onto new versions of the Carbon design system, created contributions for the Cloud design system (an extension of Carbon), or worked across the public cloud teams to identify core workflows and pain points that could be solved by creating platform-wide functional components for say, provisioning a new server, setting a data center location, or managing user access. A lot of what we were starting to work on involved figuring out models for governance that ensured stability in components, while being accommodating to new and experimental contributions.
At uShip, during my short tenure, I was working cross-functionally to re-energize a stalled design system migration.
I have done extensive visual design and development while at Goldstar, and I still do some visual design when consulting or building side projects. Here's a few examples of my more recent work.