What does designing and implementing a new design system involve?

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No offense, but how did you get your title without knowing this?

A design system is the brand personality, voice and tone applied to the product.

The product design system is heavily influenced by the brand’s marketing design system, which usually exists beforehand. They will often share the same colors, fonts and styles.

This is executed through templates and “patterns” which is a technical term for an arrangement of things that have a purpose. These patterns are made up of “components” which can be text, buttons, shapes and more. A design system has variations on these components to cover all bases, such as active and disabled versions of one button, for example.

Implementing a design system takes hundreds if not thousands of hours of tedious setup and testing of components or symbols in Figma or Sketch. It’s usually done within a shared library. Everyone at the company can access this shared library, so a new designer can just grab a component and plop it into a layout instead of having to make everything from scratch.

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Knowing design systems wasn't a prerequisite to getting my title. I have a design team working on this and I was asking out of curiosity and to learn.

Thanks for the response though. It was helpful

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The only thing I would add, is that a Design System is borderline useless without your developers building components and tokens to match what designers are doing in their tools. If you’re just creating a pattern library, while it saves some time, it won’t move the needle all that much compared to the investment required.

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Yea he nailed it. It’s a system of UI controls that are tied to your brand standards abs brand system if one exists.

One recommendation would be, if brand standards do not exists and a system for how you design related to them, start there.

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I’m expecting this to take a while to actually implement on our front end. Our previous designer didn't do such a great job imo

Also if there are existing designs or components auditing and cataloging might be useful. That way you can get a better sense of needs and constraints.

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The point UX Lead 1 made is so crucial. Definitely working in a handoff process thinking through how designers and devs will communicate design system updates.

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While building I feel like it’s important to have a workflow and understanding of how it’s managed. Having your team utilize and understand atomic design will also be pretty helpful imo. Also have a strategy for how it grows and scales.

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