It’s a good question. Partly that is what inspired me to write from this perspective. The proliferation of large, public design systems I think has made a lot of us feel insecure about our own efforts. I think with the “startup” phase of a system, you are sprouting your first system after you’ve designed quite a bit of screens and workflows.

By day, executive designer at Innovatemap where I help tech companies design marketable products. By night, co-founder of UX Power Tools.

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