We built our design system from the ground up. We didn’t have leadership telling us to go out and create it. So we have to be scrappy about raising awareness. I’ll find any avenue I can to interject it into discussions. I also have a link to it in my email signature.
If somebody’s wondering about something we’ve done before, I’ll recommend they check out the design system to see if the solution’s there.
Our system is about two years old — an adolescent if you want to think of it as a stage of maturity. It’s not driving design outcomes just yet, but it can help answer a lot of questions for designers, engineers and product owners. If they have a problem that’s been solved before, the design system will show them the solution. We don’t have to reinvent something for every situation.