The product development process is complex by itself and involves many steps, and sometimes multiple designers working on the project. Therefore, design systems are essential for keeping product design consistent and avoid chaos. In today’s article, we will explore what the design system consists of, how to build your own, and many more.
To properly understand how to operate with the design systems you need to understand their essence – what they consist of. Let’s start with the UI elements, which are all reusable and can be combined to create the new product from the same system. Design system’s UI components are:
The next element of the design system is the color palette. This part is essential for design consistency. It is based on primary colors and accent colors. The color palette needs to be considered carefully as it influences the components of the whole design system.
Another element to think about is the typographic scale. This and typefaces are essential for your design system and therefore for your future product.
Last but not least, the important part of the design systems is the rules and principles and UX guidelines. They help to put everything together and make it work.
So, with a clearer understanding of the design systems composition, now let’s move on to how to create your own. You may incorporate your own tactics and methods to building your design system, but there are some essential steps you need to consider. They are:
Sometimes it may be not enough to know how to build a design system. The trick and the ultimate goal are to make it work for your product. It should help the product you’re designing to achieve its purpose. You need to understand that you’re not inventing anything new, you’re just picking the best approach, based on your existing assets. Therefore, you need to analyze them carefully and create the right strategy for implementing your design system. Here are some steps to assist you in this:
One of the best ways to understand something is to see it in action. There are a variety of already existing design systems that are highly successful in achieving their purpose. To build your own you can get inspiration from one of those. Here are some great design systems examples:
Your design team might be not consistent as people come and go, but your design should be. Therefore, design systems are essential for your product design. Besides helping your designers to understand how they should design your product, it also helps to detect errors quickly, make everything look organically, and makes the whole design process efficient. Isn’t it amazing?
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