Personal project for Fresh Tilled Soil's AUX program
Select an existing website and catalogue all components, modules and content of the existing UI (buttons, form elements, etc) and redesign each element to create a brand new design system.
Catalogue and organize each design element in a manner which reinforces the relationships between them.
The current elements on the Heavenly website were dark, small and failed to communicate a clear hierarchy of importance for the user. After inspecting the code on the existing site, I realized that many of the website's titles and headers were not properly labeled with corresponding h tags. Knowing that this negatively impacts proper code and the developer's work process - I knew this was something that would need to be refined in the redesign.
Heavenly is a beautiful ski resort looking over one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Tahoe - also known as "the lake of the sky." I wanted to communicate the beauty and purity of this ski resort by utilizing lots of bright whites and blues, while maintaining the "sporty" look of the current website through the use of red and a bold header type style. Check out the new UI kit below.
As a UX/UI designer, I took the liberty of reorganizing some of the information architecture, redesigning the page's navigation structure and adding some relevant marketing copy (I couldn't help it!)
The Design Systems Challenge was a humbling experience. It put me in the shoes of a developer - who at times is the one left responsible for properly structuring a website and identifying design elements. The challenge not only changed the way I think about design elements and how they relate to one another on a web page, but also reinforced the importance of properly labeling h tags and the UI Kit deliverable as a whole.