Designing cohesive products across the organisation
Most of today’s biggest organisations have a wide range of channels and products. They might have a website, an app and a blog, for example. However, if there isn’t a common language, design and development teams in order to solve complex problems will quickly end up building distinct components and defining their own standards and workflows, leading to inconsistency across the organisation. As users move from one product to the other they notice those inconsistencies and might experience confusion. There’s where design systems step in.
“A design system offers a library of visual style, components, and other concerns documented and released by an individual, team or community as code and design tools so that adopting products can be more efficient and cohesive.”
- Nathan Curtis
A design system explains how the team should design products. Besides including a style guide and a pattern library, it also comprises the design principles, rules and guidelines, as well as ready-to-use components and code snippets for developers.
Some outputs of a design system:
A document that includes the organisation’s graphic styles, colours, fonts, iconography, tone of voice and how they should be used.
Collections of reusable user interface components that are shared across teams and aggregated to design products.
Clear standards for the product team that replace subjective ideals.
Benefits of working with design systems
Having common patterns saves precious time that can be invested in creating better experiences that meet users’ goals
Better and more predictable user experiences
Improving the design and user experience of products and services will create more predictable experiences for users
Possibility to test high fidelity prototypes
Easier to build high fidelity prototypes to test with real users and learn from their insights
Reducing inefficiencies and replicated work in the design and development process
More efficient work
Efficiency for both designers and engineers, enabling better design and faster builds
Better collaboration across teams
Improved team communication and collaboration, with more cohesiveness and consistency
Clear brand identity and language
Need to create a shared language across your organisation?
Xperienz can help facilitate the work of your teams by creating a consistent design language. With the right tools both designers and developers will design products at scale with less effort and more quality.Tell me more