Creating an open, supportive environment
I think it's important to dedicate time to opening up about who you are and how you work best. The two exercises below are examples of tools I’ve used to help build the level of openness and trust that I think is essential for doing good collaborative (and creative) work.
Exercise 1: Team 'baseball cards'
We each created a 'baseball card' for ourselves to talk about our high level strengths and weaknesses.
Exercise 2: Designer 'User Guide'
As a follow up, we went deeper into topics like communication styles, feedback preferences and quirks.
Enough has been written on the topic of design systems that I doubt I need to persuade you of their value. So instead, let me just say that I have hands-on experience creating, documenting and applying them. Heck, I even build them outside of work 🤷♂️
Two libraries I made/use for my own personal projects:
Figma Helpers Library
What is this?The Figma library of components that I personally use to stay organized and work more efficiently.What do I get?The library contains components for:File thumbnails (light, dark and brand colors)Documentation page headersDocumentation pagesColor swatchesFile and component statusesCursorsNotesTitle canvas dividersFile thumbnails in light, dark and brand coloring.Documentation headers (used on documentation pages)Documentation pageColor swatchesFile and component statusesCursorsROYGBIV notesTitle canvas dividerOther FAQsHow do I enable the components for use in other files?You'll need to publish the file as a shared library to use it across the other files in your Figma team.
US WDS Color System (for Figma)
What is this?An extensive color system for the web built as a Figma library and intended for re-use across projects (brands, websites, applications and more!).What do I get?2 color wheels198 colors per wheel3x neutral gray color stacks (14 colors each)18 opacitiesPalette builders for:App theme & App stateColor wheels -> Standard