With the fast growth of digital services, Stora Enso Digitalisation & New Services unit needed to scale up their activities and streamline how they designed and developed user interfaces for their dozens of applications.
Stora Enso wanted to provide a consistent user experience for their end-users (mill operators, financial analysts, e-commerce customers, customer support system users, etc). with instantly recognisable brand familiarity across the services.
In addition, Stora Enso wanted to increase the efficiency of development and become more flexible in order to adapt to new interactions and designs, by standardizing their front-end stack and building a smooth DesignOps process.
Creating a design system
The solution to the challenge was SEEDS, Stora Enso Design System, a comprehensive design system including a single common library of user interface components.
The client chose Intergalactico because of our experience in design systems. Cagri Akgul, Design Lead at Stora Enso, said, “After meeting some vendors, we chose to work with Intergalactico since they had put an extra effort in specializing in design systems. It was the right choice and after a year we have 10+ applications using our design system.”
Our engagement began with a workshop with one objective: to map out all the products inside Stora Enso, their user interfaces, and the components they use to display information. We also studied Stora Enso’s Brand guidelines, as they would form the baseline of visual identity. Based on this understanding, we prepared a foundation and guidelines for the months of work to come.
The key to success in a design system project is close collaboration with the client teams that will be using the system. The design system team met with both developers and designers working on various projects inside Stora Enso to understand their issues and needs regarding the design system. Together, we mapped out the whole process of developing an idea to a production ready component. This allowed the team to pinpoint inefficiencies in the process and helped choose the right set of practices and tools. With them, the design system team was able to work faster, while also keeping the customer teams well-informed of changes and improvements.
We begun building SEEDS practically from scratch. Now it is in use, but never truly finished… That’s how design systems are: ever-changing and evolving.
— Jukka Haikara, Intergalactico
SEEDS is the result of the hard work that was put in over the months. It is a basic but comprehensive set of processes, procedures, methods and components, for both designers and developers to apply on their projects at Stora Enso. Alongside the Digital UI Library, the design system also covers a service design playbook that helps spread design thinking inside the organization.
Now, after the SEEDS has been up for a while, Stora Enso is positive that it has been much quicker to design and develop new digital services, and confirm that they all look and feel familiar to the end-users. Also in the future, when Stora Enso needs to update their visuals or provide new forms of interaction across the services, it will be a much smoother process thanks to the design system.
This wouldn't have happened without the competence of the Intergalactico people