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17 May 2024

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Design systems explained: Streamlined collaboration and better products

Imagine a world where designers and developers work seamlessly together, speaking the same language and building beautiful, consistent user experiences with demonstrable research and justification behind every decision.

That’s the power of design systems.

A design system is a central hub for everything design-related. It’s a single source of truth that houses UI components, code snippets, design guidelines, and best practices. 

Essentially, it creates a shared language that everyone on your team can understand and use when building digital products.

Why use a design system?

A design system will lead to:

  • Effortless consistency: Ensure a unified user experience across all platforms and touchpoints. No more rogue buttons or janky layouts.
  • Improved efficiency: Save valuable time and resources by leaning on pre-built components and code snippets. No need to reinvent the wheel every time.
  • Clear communication: Establish a common ground for designers and developers to discuss and collaborate. Less guesswork, more focused teamwork.
  • Scalability: Easily adapt and evolve your product as you add new features. 

Design systems are living documents that are built to grow with you.

How to get started

Creating a design system will empower your team and elevate your product. Here’s how to get started:

  • Streamline collaboration: Involve all relevant teams in the process to ensure buy-in and promote consistency.
  • Assess your needs: Identify your current design challenges and how design systems could address them.
  • Start small and build smart: Create a core set of components and gradually expand your system based on usage and needs.

If you need support, we can help to establish this process and champion the adoption of a design system so that your teams work more effectively together.