UX/UI Design systems
What is a design system?
A design system supports designing at scale in a standardised manner. It typically contains reusable components, patterns and associated principles. Components are often parts of an interface that can be logically grouped together into a singular element, for example, you may have a navigation bar component. Patterns are typically elements such as typography and buttons – repeatable elements that form the building blocks of an interface. Finally, the principles outlined create practices for when and how these should be implemented.
Our UX/UI design systems process
We begin by auditing your existing materials such as: documenting interface components, brand values, style guides, pattern libraries and templates. Depending on the scale of your organisation we will advise whether this is best accomplished in stages. All of these resources will then be reviewed, where inconsistencies, variations and gaps will be identified.
Working collaboratively with you, we define the principles and pages to be initially included in your design system. As design systems should be treated as a living resource, this work may also include creating a roadmap for continued development. The final step is creating the values and principles (style guide) and set of building blocks alongside instructions (pattern library) to make up your design system.
Review and iterate
To sustain effectiveness, design systems should continue to grow and be consistently maintained. We can discuss providing additional consultancy services to co-own your design system, enabling us to continue to build and maintain the design system for your organisation.
Unified and consistent standards which form the building blocks of your interface
Single point of reference that streamlines the design and development process
Opportunity for ongoing support to maintain and build your design system
What is the purpose of a design system?
Design systems support development of digital products at scale. They contain reusable components, patterns and associated principles that can support growth and future implementations of designs. Having a design system also means a single source of truth and facilitates a common design language across teams. This creates alignment between designers, developers, content producers and other stakeholders, making it easier for them to do their jobs.
Why do we need a design system?
A design system can be useful for all teams within your organisation, but most specifically those which are involved with the interface. The design system will support teams to improve or update your products using standardised components as well as ensure your messaging and assets are on brand.
Benefits of a UI/UX design system
Conducting this work can provide a number of benefits to support the ongoing development of your product family. Three key benefits include:
- A unified and consistent branded experience
- Streamlined design and development process
- Designs can be made more readily at scale
When should we create a design system?
A design system can be created at any time, however we recommend creating this alongside a project to maximise opportunity to implement and align design principles and components.
What's included in our UI/UX design systems package?
We first work with you to gather all existing materials such as documenting interface components, brand values, style guides, pattern libraries and templates. We then review and audit these to identify variations, inconsistencies and gaps. Finally we define the principles and pages to be initially included in your design system, which will form its foundations going forwards and support its continual growth.