Cars.com Design System

I managed a team that researched, built, and launched a design system for Cars.com.

Cars.com was working from a partially used and integrated pattern library for multiple years before we were finally given the go-ahead on the building of a proper design system.

As Design Manager, I oversaw two direct reports – an interaction designer and a visual designer – and had a player-coach role as the primary developer on the team as well.

We spent around a month and a half researching with current users, conducting working groups and competitive analysis. My team provided valuable support in auditing current patterns and collecting information that became valuable when making decisions around the building of a new design system.

As the primary frontend developer on the project, I created the documentation site with the static site software Hugo, and created and integrated a library of design tokens for the site and for our product teams. I was able to extend the software – which is normally for blogging – to become a robust and performant documentation site and portal for our design and engineering teams.

The building of the design system also came around a campaign and brand realignment, which allowed us to test and prove the metal of our system and libraries by integrating new design elements and specs with ease that would distribute out to our product teams.