Hey! 👋 My name is Mateusz Wierzbicki and I'm a self-taught Product Designer based in Białystok, Poland. I enjoy books and podcasts about design, personal growth and business. I'm also obsessed with pixel perfect design and design systems. I spend my free time playing video games and taking care of my chilli plants. 🖥️ 🎮 🌶️
The story behind my UI kits
In December 2018, I released Product Design Kit - a free components and styles library made exclusively for Figma. It’s a kick starter pack for small projects based on the atomic design approach and modified for my needs. To learn more about the story behind it I would highly recommend to read this Medium post. The article received a highly positive feedback and it was a very positive surprise, since it was my first article ever. Right now I can see that PD Kit is still getting new downloads every day. This makes me happy because I know that somehow I am helping people to design their projects in Figma. They can focus on their ideas because of the organized component and styles library and they don’t have to do everything from scratch.
After the release of PD Kit, I felt the need to continue growing in the topic of design systems. I really liked organizing components and styles, creating patterns and guidelines. I’ve read a few books and dozens of articles in this field. I was also exploring various systems like Carbon, Material, Polaris etc. I’ve noticed that among all systems I’ve explored I really liked to go back to Ant Design System to look for an inspiration in component and styles organization. It was one the largest design systems I learned about and it had almost every component I could use. It was so handy that I’ve started to move it’s guidelines and components to Figma someday. Day after day, component after component.
After three months of working after hours I’ve managed to create over 2100 components following the principles of Ant Design library. In June 2019, Ant Design System for Figma was released. Minding all the time spent on doing this I’ve decided to make it a premium resource and sell it on Gumroad. I’ve noticed an opportunity to help companies kick start their large projects based on React and Figma. I wrote an article about it on Medium too. You can read it to learn about more details. Now, I am maintaining it and providing support for people who bought it. Recently, I’ve updated it with Auto Layout feature (one week after Figma's release).
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