Design System Metrics

Design System Metrics

Design System Metrics

Actionable Metrics for Design System Success

Actionable Metrics for Design System Success

Actionable Metrics for Design System Success

Mainline coverage
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DESIGN SYSTEM XYZ DASHBOARD

Don't put in metrics just because having many of them on your dashboard will look fantastic. If it's not an actionable metric, it's a vanity metric.

Don't put in metrics just because having many of them on your dashboard will look fantastic. If it's not an actionable metric, it's a vanity metric.

Business

Time to Value

This metric measures the duration from the initial investment in the design system to the point at which it starts generating financial returns. It indicates how quickly the design system begins to deliver measurable business value, such as increased revenue, cost savings, or improved productivity. Reducing TTV is crucial for demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of the design system in contributing to the organization's bottom line.

Time to Value

This metric measures the duration from the initial investment in the design system to the point at which it starts generating financial returns. It indicates how quickly the design system begins to deliver measurable business value, such as increased revenue, cost savings, or improved productivity. Reducing TTV is crucial for demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of the design system in contributing to the organization's bottom line.

Time to Value

This metric measures the duration from the initial investment in the design system to the point at which it starts generating financial returns. It indicates how quickly the design system begins to deliver measurable business value, such as increased revenue, cost savings, or improved productivity. Reducing TTV is crucial for demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency of the design system in contributing to the organization's bottom line.

Return on Investment (ROI)

Clearly tied to financial value. Is the investment paying off?

Return on Investment (ROI)

Clearly tied to financial value. Is the investment paying off?

Return on Investment (ROI)

Clearly tied to financial value. Is the investment paying off?

Company Scalability

How much did your company's capacity for workload increase after having the Design System?

Company Scalability

How much did your company's capacity for workload increase after having the Design System?

Company Scalability

How much did your company's capacity for workload increase after having the Design System?

Brand Reputation Improvement

Track recognition and consistent usage of the design system’s visual language and guidelines.

Brand Reputation Improvement

Track recognition and consistent usage of the design system’s visual language and guidelines.

Brand Reputation Improvement

Track recognition and consistent usage of the design system’s visual language and guidelines.

Brand Consistency Improvement

With a robust foundation and an effective design system, there is less work required to fix visual inconsistencies. This fosters greater familiarity with the product design, enhancing user experience and encouraging repeat usage. The goal is to create a consistent and recognizable design language that reduces maintenance effort and improves user retention.

Brand Consistency Improvement

With a robust foundation and an effective design system, there is less work required to fix visual inconsistencies. This fosters greater familiarity with the product design, enhancing user experience and encouraging repeat usage. The goal is to create a consistent and recognizable design language that reduces maintenance effort and improves user retention.

Brand Consistency Improvement

With a robust foundation and an effective design system, there is less work required to fix visual inconsistencies. This fosters greater familiarity with the product design, enhancing user experience and encouraging repeat usage. The goal is to create a consistent and recognizable design language that reduces maintenance effort and improves user retention.

Measure production component usage to optimize your codebase and drive design system adoption.

Product

Amount of Libraries / Library usage

How many libraries do you have? How many of them are in use? Figma offers Library usage trends.

Amount of Libraries / Library usage

How many libraries do you have? How many of them are in use? Figma offers Library usage trends.

Amount of Libraries / Library usage

How many libraries do you have? How many of them are in use? Figma offers Library usage trends.

Total Number of Components

Monitor the growth and enhancement of reusable components in the design system.

Total Number of Components

Monitor the growth and enhancement of reusable components in the design system.

Total Number of Components

Monitor the growth and enhancement of reusable components in the design system.

Component Usage Across Products

Analyze adoption rates and reuse of design system components across various products.

Component Usage Across Products

Analyze adoption rates and reuse of design system components across various products.

Component Usage Across Products

Analyze adoption rates and reuse of design system components across various products.

Products Using Different Libraries

Measure the level of design system integration before and after product development.

Products Using Different Libraries

Measure the level of design system integration before and after product development.

Products Using Different Libraries

Measure the level of design system integration before and after product development.

Adoption Rate

What % of products use the design system? Compare by departments and teams. The more the design system it's used, the more days are saved.

Adoption Rate

What % of products use the design system? Compare by departments and teams. The more the design system it's used, the more days are saved.

Adoption Rate

What % of products use the design system? Compare by departments and teams. The more the design system it's used, the more days are saved.

Usage Statistics

Compare components usage in Figma, Github, your libraries.

Usage Statistics

Compare components usage in Figma, Github, your libraries.

Usage Statistics

Compare components usage in Figma, Github, your libraries.

Number of Component Detachments (Figma)

If some components are often detached, some user flows/scenarios are missing. Think about improvements.

Number of Component Detachments (Figma)

If some components are often detached, some user flows/scenarios are missing. Think about improvements.

Number of Component Detachments (Figma)

If some components are often detached, some user flows/scenarios are missing. Think about improvements.

Number of Snowflakes

Do components exist just because the designer had time to do them?

Number of Snowflakes

Do components exist just because the designer had time to do them?

Number of Snowflakes

Do components exist just because the designer had time to do them?

Average Task Completion Time

Compare the time spent on design and development tasks before and after implementing the design system.

Average Task Completion Time

Compare the time spent on design and development tasks before and after implementing the design system.

Average Task Completion Time

Compare the time spent on design and development tasks before and after implementing the design system.

Average Time (from an idea) to Market

The time employees spend on completing the user flow. Try to compare before/after the Design System. How much did the time improve?

Average Time (from an idea) to Market

The time employees spend on completing the user flow. Try to compare before/after the Design System. How much did the time improve?

Average Time (from an idea) to Market

The time employees spend on completing the user flow. Try to compare before/after the Design System. How much did the time improve?

User Interface Design Consistency

Track and measure the reduction of visual discrepancies and inconsistencies across the user interface.

User Interface Design Consistency

Track and measure the reduction of visual discrepancies and inconsistencies across the user interface.

User Interface Design Consistency

Track and measure the reduction of visual discrepancies and inconsistencies across the user interface.

Documentation Updates/Syncs

Update documentation regularly (as automated as possible); otherwise, a lot of info is lost.

Documentation Updates/Syncs

Update documentation regularly (as automated as possible); otherwise, a lot of info is lost.

Documentation Updates/Syncs

Update documentation regularly (as automated as possible); otherwise, a lot of info is lost.

Documentation Visits

Measure engagement with and usage of design system documentation by team members.

Documentation Visits

Measure engagement with and usage of design system documentation by team members.

Documentation Visits

Measure engagement with and usage of design system documentation by team members.

Amount of Products Using Different Libraries

This one is important. Imagine having a Design System in place, but no one would use it. This KPI shows how many products use the coded components (or libraries in Figma). You want to achieve the highest possible %.

Amount of Products Using Different Libraries

This one is important. Imagine having a Design System in place, but no one would use it. This KPI shows how many products use the coded components (or libraries in Figma). You want to achieve the highest possible %.

Amount of Products Using Different Libraries

This one is important. Imagine having a Design System in place, but no one would use it. This KPI shows how many products use the coded components (or libraries in Figma). You want to achieve the highest possible %.

Team Efficiency Improvement

Try to compare workflow before the design system and find out how much time it takes to complete the task/user-flow/app design now.

Team Efficiency Improvement

Try to compare workflow before the design system and find out how much time it takes to complete the task/user-flow/app design now.

Team Efficiency Improvement

Try to compare workflow before the design system and find out how much time it takes to complete the task/user-flow/app design now.

Conversion rate

How much did the conversion rate improve? Analyze what works and what doesn’t.

Conversion rate

How much did the conversion rate improve? Analyze what works and what doesn’t.

Conversion rate

How much did the conversion rate improve? Analyze what works and what doesn’t.

Accessibility Score

Create an accessible design, so users of diverse abilities can navigate, understand, and use your UI successfully.

Accessibility Score

Create an accessible design, so users of diverse abilities can navigate, understand, and use your UI successfully.

Accessibility Score

Create an accessible design, so users of diverse abilities can navigate, understand, and use your UI successfully.

Development

Design to Development Time (Handoff)

Measure the efficiency of the transition from design to development, tracking the speed and smoothness of the handoff process.

Design to Development Time (Handoff)

Measure the efficiency of the transition from design to development, tracking the speed and smoothness of the handoff process.

Design to Development Time (Handoff)

Measure the efficiency of the transition from design to development, tracking the speed and smoothness of the handoff process.

Average Task Completion Time

The time developers spend on completing the task. Try to compare before/after the Design System. How much did the time improve?

Average Task Completion Time

The time developers spend on completing the task. Try to compare before/after the Design System. How much did the time improve?

Average Task Completion Time

The time developers spend on completing the task. Try to compare before/after the Design System. How much did the time improve?

Linter Warnings

Number should be much lower.

Linter Warnings

Number should be much lower.

Linter Warnings

Number should be much lower.

Code Complexity

Reduce refactoring costs by increasing the reuse of consistent and standardized design system code.

Code Complexity

Reduce refactoring costs by increasing the reuse of consistent and standardized design system code.

Code Complexity

Reduce refactoring costs by increasing the reuse of consistent and standardized design system code.

Component analytics and insights for React with Omlet.dev

Easily get instant usage analytics for your components. Understand how components across projects are adopted over time using ready to use charts.

Qualitative metrics

User Interviews with Employees and Stakeholders

Find out how employees work right now. How do they communicate? Where do they find out about design updates? Who would use the Design System? Why and how would the Design System help them? Do this kind of interview again once you have the Design System in place.

User Interviews with Employees and Stakeholders

Find out how employees work right now. How do they communicate? Where do they find out about design updates? Who would use the Design System? Why and how would the Design System help them? Do this kind of interview again once you have the Design System in place.

User Interviews with Employees and Stakeholders

Find out how employees work right now. How do they communicate? Where do they find out about design updates? Who would use the Design System? Why and how would the Design System help them? Do this kind of interview again once you have the Design System in place.

Team Efficiency and Productivity Improvement Survey

Don't just compare numbers; send a survey. Do employees have more time for focused work, thinking about flows, etc.?

Team Efficiency and Productivity Improvement Survey

Don't just compare numbers; send a survey. Do employees have more time for focused work, thinking about flows, etc.?

Team Efficiency and Productivity Improvement Survey

Don't just compare numbers; send a survey. Do employees have more time for focused work, thinking about flows, etc.?

Tech Debt

After having the Design System in place, there should be less tech debt.

Tech Debt

After having the Design System in place, there should be less tech debt.

Tech Debt

After having the Design System in place, there should be less tech debt.

Design Debt

After having the Design System in place, there should be way less UX and Design debt.

Design Debt

After having the Design System in place, there should be way less UX and Design debt.

Design Debt

After having the Design System in place, there should be way less UX and Design debt.

Adoption

Satisfaction Survey

Check reviews from different teams. How positive are they? How can you optimize workflows even more?

Satisfaction Survey

Check reviews from different teams. How positive are they? How can you optimize workflows even more?

Satisfaction Survey

Check reviews from different teams. How positive are they? How can you optimize workflows even more?

Contributions to the Design System

Design System gets more valuable with a collaborative team.

Contributions to the Design System

Design System gets more valuable with a collaborative team.

Contributions to the Design System

Design System gets more valuable with a collaborative team.

Participation in Meetings

Who is coming to the Design System "Office hours"? Are people interested in participating?

Participation in Meetings

Who is coming to the Design System "Office hours"? Are people interested in participating?

Participation in Meetings

Who is coming to the Design System "Office hours"? Are people interested in participating?

Adoption Rate

What % of products use the design system? Compare by departments and teams.

Adoption Rate

What % of products use the design system? Compare by departments and teams.

Adoption Rate

What % of products use the design system? Compare by departments and teams.

So, what is next?

So, what is next?

So, what is next?

Start according to your resources, and remember that no single set of metrics works for everyone.

Start according to your resources, and remember that no single set of metrics works for everyone.

Start according to your resources, and remember that no single set of metrics works for everyone.

Mainline coverage
56.12% coverage
+21.77%

Workspace

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This year

DESIGN SYSTEM XYZ DASHBOARD

© 2022 - 2024 The Design System Guide by Romina Kavcic

© 2022 - 2024 The Design System Guide by Romina Kavcic

© 2022 - 2024 The Design System Guide by Romina Kavcic