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Design Systems: Bring consistency across digital platforms

Enhancing user satisfaction through effective design system implementation

What’s Inside?

Design systems have become essential tools for creating consistent and cohesive user experiences across multiple products. A design system is a collection of reusable components, guidelines, and principles that provide a unified visual and interactive language for designers and developers. It serves as a blueprint for designing and building products, helping teams create and maintain a consistent look and feel across platforms and devices.

Style Guide, Pattern Library, and Design System: What’s the difference?

The Style guide and the Pattern Library are just some of the deliverables of a Design System.

A Style Guide -as indicated by its name- will focus on graphic styles (colors, fonts, illustrations…) and their usage.

A Pattern Library will integrate functional components and their usage.

A style guide is a document that outlines the design principles, guidelines, and best practices for a specific project or product. On the other hand, a design system is a comprehensive collection of design elements, patterns, and components that are used to create a consistent visual language across multiple products and platforms.

Style guides are like “strict parents” that tell you what colors to use and where to use them, while design systems are like “cool older siblings” that give you a variety of options and let you choose how to make your art.

Benefits of Design System:

A few Mandates

Creating a design system can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. First, we recommend creating a design inventory of all existing components and patterns of your product. This will give you a good idea of what you already have and what you are missing. Then you can create a design language that guides the design process, including typography, color, spacing, and other elements that are used consistently across all products. This design language serves as a reference for the team and helps ensure that all elements of the design system are consistent.

It is also essential to involve everyone involved in the system design process. This includes designers, developers, product managers, and other members of the team. By involving everyone in the process, the design system is more likely to be aligned with the needs of the entire team, adopted, and used effectively. This also helps ensure that your design system is inclusive and considers the needs of all users, including those with disabilities.

After all, a design system should be a living document that is constantly being updated and improved. This means that designers should be encouraged to contribute new components and patterns to the system and that the system should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure it is suitable and effective. This process should be done in collaboration with the entire team to ensure that the design system is executed.

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