Managing icons on the Dropbox Paper team
“Hey, do you have the source file for that ‘add members’ icon?”
This can be a scary question for designers. Is it on your laptop? Your old laptop? Is it in “icons_latest_jw_jan17.sketch” or “icons_final_FINAL.sketch”? Does Angela know? Does Angela know someone who knows? When will the person Angela knows get back to Angela, so Angela can get back to you, so you can get back to the person who asked you in the first place?
The Dropbox Paper team didn’t have a great system for managing icons in the early days. If designers wanted to use an icon in a mock, they could ask around, download from the web inspector, or, if all else failed, grab a screenshot. Developers didn’t have it easy, either. To add or edit icons, they had to run ad-hoc scripts to optimize SVGs and then paste them into a file. It was time-consuming and error-prone.
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