On the whole, aligning product teams with the Spectrum initiative has been a success. The team credits this success to its approach of community, not control — it’s never about taking away design teams’ freedom to innovate, but rather providing them with guidance and references for standardized elements, so they can focus on the elements that make their product special. It is, and has always been, a conversation among equals — Spectrum designers, and their product design counterparts.
“This is a system that helps designers and product teams create Adobe experiences — it’s a set of resources that designers can leverage to help them build out these experiences quickly and sensibly. This way, they don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time they’re designing a new product effort,” said Brett.
“With an established design framework in place, product designers and teams can focus on what’s unique about their product. What’s standard to the Adobe experience, and what’s special about this product? It lets them deep dive into the special areas.”