Design systems

My work as a design system specialist 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 technical infranstructure 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.


  • Pattern journey
    Visual illustration and explanation of what happens to a pattern on its way from identifying to actual implementation and how different the path might be depending on the situation. The Pattern Journey interactive tool helps to make more people in the organization involved into co-creation of design and development value under the Design Systems umbrella.


  • Hands-on with Design Systems
    Full-day workshop about building design system and pattern library (React) in multidisciplinary team. This workshop was given twice - as a part of DFConf Helsini, and the second time on its own.

  • How to build a Design System as a team
    Half-day workshop for teams and individuals interested in managing design system teams and running smooth processes for such projects.

For private running, I shape workshop editions tailored to the needs of a specific company. The same applies to the conferences.

Talks, articles and posts

  • Building design systems that leverage your designers, developers and products
    If we compare design systems of several companies, it is visible that this concept has different meanings to different people. So, how to decide which path to follow and what aspects of design systems should be in focus at your organisation? In this talk given at WEBdeLDN meetup in London I told a story of managing a design system in a large company, making decision on its further focus and approaches behind the implementing which include design thinking methods, community management, and technical tips.

  • Design Systems — review of vocabulary and terms
    Design systems standardise and simplify the process of interface design and development, they bring new approaches and form their own ecosystem. However, there is no solid understanding of the concepts and terms forming the design systems. To solve the term inconsistency and provide structured professional language, this article focuses on the vocabulary used in the design systems domain by observing a range of materials on the topic, from both academic and popular sources.

    © Varya Stepanova, 2018. To contact, email me.