In Italy, Subito is kind of a big deal. With more than 11m active monthly users, it’s the country’s biggest classifieds service as well as one of the most popular online destinations.
When Covid hit, Subito’s designers were on a deadline to release a brand new product. As they scrambled to adapt to working from home, they realized they needed to make some big changes.
Belka’s brief: Migrate and rebuild Subito’s entire design system in Figma, and help the team transition without losing days of work.
In March 2020, Subito’s design team was facing a serious problem. For years, they had been using Sketch as a design environment and repository for their design system, mostly without problems.
But then disaster hit. Literally.
Forced by the global pandemic to work from home, the team found that Sketch, a non-cloud platform, was creating serious bottlenecks, just as when they were about to launch an important new product.
They had to figure out a solution, and they had to do it quickly.
The team’s new tool of choice was Figma, a collaborative, cloud-based tool that lends itself organically to design system thinking and remote work.
The benefits of a quick transition were tangible. But Subito’s own designers were busy, and most of them had never worked with Figma before.
So obviously they called Belka.
Over the last few years Belka has created and implemented design systems in Figma for clients in various industries and countries.
As design partner to Italy’s largest invoicing service, Fatture in Cloud, we created a design system that’s now in use across multiple products at the company.
And among our other notable clients are healthcare startup Confirmo and fintech startup Scalapay, and the UK-based adtech scaleup Audiencerate.
So when Subito came knocking — well, you get the picture.
With Figma’s master component/instance structure, Subito’s designers can define all the attributes of a UI element in the design system. Any changes that they make to a master component will automatically cascade down to all instances of that component, throughout the whole design.
The sticker sheet is an indispensable part of Subito’s design system setup. A separate file with a well organized overview of all the components of the system, the sticker sheet a great way to review and work with component libraries without the fear of breaking something, or spending minutes looking for the right component.
Subito’s designers needed more than a rebuilt design system in Figma. They also needed the skills and confidence to use their new system effectively right away.
In preparation for the big transition, Belka’s crack team of pirates (see photo) designed a two-day workshop and training materials. Just enough to introduce Subito’s team to Figma and help them get used to their new design environment.
Belka’s crack team of experts came up with a workshop to introduce Subito’s team to both Figma as a tool, and to use it to work with their shiny new design system.
Having a single source of truth for all our products has been game changing.
The design system Belka created for us helped us be better at our jobs. We were incredibly impressed.