In 2012 I joined the product team at RightScale as a UX Developer. My primary mission was to help design an efficient and clean-looking customer experience across a growing product line.
While there, I was fortunate to be mentored by a fantastic group of people who helped me sharpen my skills as an interface designer and a front-end developer.
By 2013 RightScale was growing fast. Different teams were working on projects in isolation. As a design team, we saw the need to consolidate our processes and provide a single source of truth for product design.
What started as a shared color palette in a Sketch file ultimately grew into a design system we called “Design Kit.” It included branding assets, color guidelines, an icon library, and a few selected UX patterns.
The team also included coded component examples that contained all the necessary markup and style for a given component. These pages were easy to share and made an excellent reference tool for front-end devs.
Building this system and sharing this knowledge was a priceless learning experience that would eventually direct me to my next role. In 2019 RightScale was acquired, which marked the end of my adventure there.