When stepped into my leadership position at FarmIQ, I discovered that there was a lack of Design Libraries and design documentation. Our mobile app had a minimal library, whereas our website experience didn't have one at all. Additionally, the mobile app was not aligned with our Brand Identity, and both applications were not cohesive as they had a different look and feel.
This contains everything that is used in both our mobile app and website experience. Ensuring that designers always use the same colours and core components consistently across both platforms. Currently, the library includes logos, colours, iconography, packs, and map pins.
I started creating the Web Experience Library whilst working on my first project (updating the stock list) for that development team. This application is a legacy product which is over ten years old and written predominantly in Java with limited global styles, which makes updating the UI extremely time-consuming and tedious.
The Mobile App Library already existed, but with the initial back-end development work coming to an end there was a need for design to keep delivering UX and UI at speed, and for this, we needed an ever-growing robust design library to help automate our design decisions for speed and consistency.
For our Web Experience, I first created style guides for the colours and buttons. Working with a tester we went through the entire application to replace all old colours and button styles with the new ones.
During my initial three months at FarmIQ, I had the chance to present to the entire company during our quarterly Seasonal Planning session. My presentation was about the significance of design, our responsibilities as designers, our design libraries, and the importance of having a design system. I received positive feedback and engagement from everyone. Many key leaders from across the company expressed their interest in being a part of the co-creation process.