By nature, the Index team is a bit rogue. And Hive Q&A was did not look like other Yahoo Products. Our team felt like a start-up inside Yahoo. I knew one day we would have to tie-in with the mothership. For the time, that was OK because it wasn’t really a product yet.
I participated in a Design Council Review, which is includes the Design Leads from each org at Yahoo and started aligning with FUJI, the Yahoo's product design language. The intent of these principles is to be broad enough to apply to any platform or screen and specific enough to craft experiences with a clear Yahoo signature. Note: I did not work on Fuji style guide.
The feedback from the Design Council helped in many ways; to inform them about my project and helped our team become a Yahoo Product. When moving at light speed it’s hard to know when to pause and update the UI. In hindsight, I recommend using the brand guide from the start - even when velocity is the priority - it saves time in the end. I continued to implement Fuji updates over the next several months.