Create a Design System

Find out how to begin developing a design system that is both usable and effective and won't require a lot of ongoing upkeep.

Design systems provide foundations for design and helps to ensure consistency across products and platforms. They are living documents that define the style, behavior, and expectations of design across an organization. A design system should be built with the needs of your internal customers in mind - continuously consulting with them for advice on what constitutes good implementation.

Your design system documentation should be easy for both internal and external customers to understand, and it should be updated regularly to reflect changes in the company’s design language.

Growing and maintaining a design system requires buy-in from all members of the design team, as well as regular communication with stakeholders.

Designate someone on the team to be the primary point of contact for the design system. This person will be responsible for maintaining the system and keeping everyone up-to-date on changes. Create clear guidelines for how and when the design system should be used. These guidelines should be reviewed regularly to ensure that they are still relevant.

Find a mentor who can help guide you through the process of creating and maintaining a design system. A mentor can provide valuable insights and feedback, and can help you troubleshoot problems along the way.

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