Aarron Walter on growing design teams:
Designers are finding themselves embedded in cross-functional teams with engineers and product owners. It’s a great opportunity to learn from others with different perspectives, but it often leaves designers craving the feedback and camaraderie of other designers that’s needed to improve their craft.
Having worked in a larger design team this really hit home. I don’t think we were able to figure out how to work in cross-functional teams yet be together as a design unit with our own set of culture and rules. I really enjoyed being among designers, but siloing designers does not work either.
There is a new type of team emerging around design systems: Design System Ops.
I think I have my own understanding what this could be in a smaller organization. The 20% rule to help you grow is also something worth considering, but it’s not exclusive to designers. Good article.