Design Systems Tool Stack
Design System Acquisition
This is where we lay the groundwork, understand what's needed, and who's on board.
Design Audit: We take stock of our current designs and what we need.
Workshops: We bring stakeholders together to hash out requirements.
Educational Sessions: We spread the word on the design system's value.
Showcase: We show off what design systems can do.
Team Setup: We build our dream team across functions.
Foundations: We nail down our core design elements.
MVP: We craft a basic UI kit in Figma (or in code), just to see what works best.
Case Studies: We learn from the best out there.
Stakeholder Interviews: We chat with key players to get their insights and needs.
Roadmap: We chart the course for our design system's journey.
Design System Activation
Now, we make the design system a natural part of our workflow and culture.
Visual Language: We define the language and stick to it.
Design Tokens: We define and standardize the visual atoms of our design language.
Component Library: We build a collection of reusable UI components (in Figma, or Sketch)
Iteration: We refine our system based on real feedback.
Documentation: We create guidelines that are clear and easy to follow. Don't write essays.
Tooling: We pick the best tools for our use case.
Principles: We might tweak our design principles as we learn more and grow.
Scaling: We grow our system to support more products.
Onboarding: We teach newbies how to use our system.
Workshops & Training: We keep learning and improving.
Advocacy: We champion our design system across the company.
Support: We help teams get the most out of the system.
Governance: We set rules for how the system evolves.
Operations: We handle the daily grind to keep the system fresh.
Feedback Loops: We listen and adapt based on user input.
Design System Conversion
Here's where we spread the design system and make sure it sticks.
Ongoing Workshops & Training: We never stop sharing, educating.
Feedback Loops: We gather insights to make things better. ALL the time.
Metrics: We track how well the design system is doing (in code and design).
Support: We're here to help solve problems and guide users. Open the doors. :)
Community Building: We create a network of design system fans. Trust me, it will be easier to grow.
Adoption: We encourage everyone to jump on the design system bandwagon.
Regular Updates & Maintenance: We keep our system up-to-date.
Optimization: We're always looking to do things better.
Automations: We find ways to automate repetitive tasks.
QA: We introduce quality assurance processes to ensure system integrity.