We began working on Galaxy with the sole intention of making it for designers and then communicating our findings with Engineering. After attending the Clarity design systems conference
in December 2018, I walked away with so much vigor to engage with Engineering as soon as possible, instead of solely focusing on creating the design system for the design team. When I got back to the office, reality dropped me to my knees, our engineers were tied up and unavailable. After speaking with a few of the lead front end engineers, it was clear that they liked the idea of having a design system but they didn’t have the capacity to dedicate resources to the project. It wasn’t a soft no or a dismissal but it was a direct order from the top - engineering resources were to fully focus on shipping our newest product - Beacon, a suicide detection and prevention tool. I had to accept the reality that I would have to march forward solely focusing on creating the design system for designers.
After much work we've been able to ship Galaxy. It is now part of every designer's workflow. Here are a few of the components that were created: