A design system for digital transformation

KLM Digital Transformation is frontrunner in digitization in the airline industry. Bright minds are experimenting with new technologies to help their 33.000 colleagues, from pilots to plane mechanics.

They are expected to create digital products at an incredible pace. But building software is complex. Add ever growing teams to the mix and you often end up with disjointed experiences. And because these product teams work in silos, they are often reinventing the wheel.

I was asked to bring cohesion between the products and to help teams to design and build better products faster. Together with some engineers we have setup a design system to help bridge engineering and product design.

Design meets code

The design system is integrated with the tools the designers and developers already use. It consists of a Sketch library, an angular code library and extensive documentation. These are all in sync with each other to ensure everybody speaks the same language.