Building systems

In 2015, our small team at ther RISD Media Group of a couple of a few writers, a couple of designers, and one part-time developer and took on the task of moving RISD’s website onto a more contemporary content management system. Our relative inexperience with a website of this size to a lot of challenges while collaborating and ultimately resulted in the implementation of a functional, but rigid system. In 2020, the website was being moved on to the Drupal CMS, and in anticipation of the flexibility that would afford, I pulled together the existing UI landscape into an easy to use Figma library. This has allowed both designers and non-designers on our team to quickly pull together wireframes, mockups and prototypes, and will allow for incremental design changes in the future. Through the years of working with the team I found that the designers, including myself, were often a bottleneck preventing my colleagues from prototyping changes quickly. One of the tasks I took on was to make the design process more accessible and this library was one manifestation of that work.

Below are different stages of the development of this library.

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