The design team at Airbnb recently published an article titled “Building a Visual Language Behind the scenes of our new design system.” It’s a detailed and insightful overview of their goals, tools and lessons learned.

“Airbnb has experienced a lot of growth over the years. Currently our design department consists of nearly a dozen functions and outcome teams. It became clear that we needed more systematic ways to guide and leverage our collective efforts. While we recognized these challenges within the company, I believe they are symptoms of larger software industry problems…”