Design system


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A design system is a collection of reusable components, guided by clear standards, that can be assembled together to build any number of applications.  It enables team to build better products faster by making design reusable- reusability makes scale possible. Investing in a design system offers a competitive advantage in overall customer experience and reduces support costs.

Standards

Defining and adhering to standards is how we create understanding. Doing so removes the subjectivity and ambiguity that often create friction and confusion within  product teams. Standardizing things like naming conventions, accessibility requirements, file structure will help teams work consistently and prevent errors.

Components 

Components are portions of reusable code within your system and your applications interface. Components range in complexity. Reducing components into a single function, like a button or a drop down increases flexibility, making them more reusable.

Building a design system 

  1. Conduct a visual audit
  2. Create a visual design language; color, typography, sizing & spacing, imaging etc.
  3. Create a UI/pattern library 
  4. Document what each component is and  when to use it

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