Innovation, evolution, and scalability lie in the future of every product. While we rely on UX as a key differentiator, the ever-growing demand for a better experience and high-quality products in a short period needs something more than than that.
To create a product, you need a lot of people and a smooth interaction between them. But, the people factor is dynamic, and the same lies for the competition, trends, and scale of the business.
As new features start adding up, the chaos also starts setting in. With every newly added feature, the product consistency suffers, the cost of maintenance grows, and we end up with a low-quality product.
“Here’s a simple truth: you can’t innovate on products without first innovating the way you build them.” —Alex Schleifer, VP of Design at Airbnb
To overcome the challenges of scalability, communication, and consistency, every company needs a set of standards before building a product. A Design system does just that and a lot more. Big brands like IBM, Uber, and Airbnb have already revolutionized the way they design a product by building their very own Design Systems.
What is a Design System?
A Design System is a collection of reusable components and a set of standards that guide these components as to how they should work in a harmonious environment. It is like a set of building blocks with clear instructions on how to use them. A design system aims to bring all the different elements of the product together and provides a shared language for everyone connected with the product.
A good design system makes the workflow more efficient and cost-efficient by removing repetitive jobs and small issues that keep arising during production of the product. In this way, teams can concentrate more on purposeful matters and can deliver faster.
Components of a Design system
Key steps to building a design system
Types of Design systems
A strict design system follows a stringent process for including a new pattern in the system. It relies on extensive documentation that describes the usage of the design elements at every step of design and development.
A loose system does not force the designers and developers to follow the exact guidelines for the usage of design elements. It provides them a framework but without any restrictions on its application.
A design system that achieves a balance between strict and loose system proves to be the one that is effective and caters to the needs of every participant.
Why do you need a design system for your business?
The development of a design system is a one-time investment that provides an indisputable competitive advantage to your business in the long-run.
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