Now that your business is developing its own product, perhaps the topic of design systems has come up and you are left unsure if you really need one. Of course, your business needs may differ, and the necessity for an established design system is not feasible, but in the long run you may think differently about utilizing one.
So what is a design system?
A design system is a collection of guidelines, standards, and reusable components that can be used to build and maintain consistent and cohesive user interfaces. Here are some of the reasons why having a design system can be beneficial:
- Consistency: A design system ensures that all of the design elements in an interface are consistent, from the color palette to the typography to the layout. This makes it easier for users to navigate the interface and understand how it works.
- Efficiency: With a design system in place, designers and developers don’t have to start from scratch each time they create a new interface element. Instead, they can use pre-existing components from the design system, which saves time and effort.
- Scalability: As a product grows and evolves, a design system can help ensure that the user interface remains cohesive and consistent. This is particularly important for large and complex products that are developed over a long period of time.
- Branding: A design system can help ensure that the user interface reflects the brand identity of the organization. This includes the use of consistent colors, typography, and imagery.
- Collaboration: A design system provides a common language and set of guidelines that can be used by designers, developers, and other stakeholders. This makes it easier for teams to collaborate and work together on design projects.
- Accessibility: A design system can include guidelines for creating accessible interfaces that are usable by people with disabilities. This ensures that the user interface is inclusive and usable by everyone.
- Maintenance: A design system makes it easier to maintain and update the user interface over time. By using consistent components and guidelines, it’s easier to identify and fix issues and make updates to the design system.
Why does my product need a design system?
Overall, a design system can help organizations create more consistent, efficient, scalable, and accessible user interfaces, while also maintaining brand identity and facilitating collaboration.
Talk to us about how we can build a design system for your organization, we are thrilled to get your product set up for success!