Varya Stepanova — a design systems architect

I am Varya Stepanova, a design systems architect with an extensive experience in management, design, and technical side. In the 15+ years of technical career, my major focus was component-focused UI design and development, creating helpful tooling for the subject and spreading the practices across large or regular organizations. I have two Master degrees — in physics and computer science (Aalto University, IDBM program focused on service design and business), years of engineering experience and several leading roles behind.

Nowadays my focus is on bringing design systems to the next level of success which includes cooperative work in the company development community and bridging the gap for designers, developers, and business specialists.


I am working as an independent consultant open for new projects. My roles include team leading of the design systems projects, technical leadership in frontend and building development.
  • Audit of existing products and development processes
  • Coaching to boost your design operations and development to the next level
  • Custom-tailored workshops on the related topics
  • Design systems and UI components production
I am based in Helsinki (Finland), flexible for both on-site and remote projects and dont mind traveling.


My work as a design system architect includes running the processes related to the design and development in large or regular organizations. It means inventing and shaping the processes through user interviews and data analysis, tuning the management tools and running new ones, working on company culture and increasing people's involvement, providing the technical infrastructure and guiding in design and development. In this way, I make a lot of research and discoveries in technical, design and managing aspects. On this page, I present the public artifacts of my design-systems activity.


My experience offers to launch and maintain design systems projects, run training sessions and workshops, cherish in-house design and development culture in the organizations and so on.

For private running, I shape workshop editions tailored to the needs of a specific company. The same applies to the conferences. You can contact me by email to discuss.

Talks, articles and posts

Besides, I frequently speak at tech and design conferences and meetups. The topics I cover are related to my own experience. You can find here the list of my articles and talks.


You can hire me to set up, manage, develop, and champion your design system. I can align the design and development processes in your organisation for a larger business impact.

© Varya Stepanova 2022