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The idea of design systems is not new. Palladio in 1570 talked about the importance of shared design vocabulary. Followed by Christopher Alexander in 1979 reflecting on the impact of specific design systems on people emotional response.
With a successful Design System you can control repeating elements in your digital projects. A Design System will provide the guidelines for a group of people to follow a create direction coherently.
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Headers (H1 – H6)
Inline with position
FAB (floating action)
Animation CSS Rules and Actions.
Variants (email, etc)
Pattern Libraries Guidelines & Best Practices
Guidelines & Best Practices on how to use the Design System to work and be successful.
Maintaining and updating the Guidelines and Best Practices is essential to effectiveness of the document.
Often Design Systems may take a few iterations.
Core Functions & Shared Language
Make Your Design System Work
Yes, you will have to do the work to have success with your Design System. Your Design System needs to be in constant use. You and your team should be using the Design System everyday. Reference and use your Design System during meetings, emails, mockups, and presentations. Reference the titles provided in your Design System to develop your Group Vocabulary.
Create a Dedicated Line of Communication
Your Design System is a live document that requires maintenance. Setup a chat board where you and your team can communicate about your Design System.
The Design System begins with a Shared Language of Core Functions.
Do not underestimated the power of a strong name.
Opting for basic Names may not make them memorable enough for people to use.
Use words that help focus your team and embodies the goal of your project.
Make the Core Functions memorable to your team members.
Memorable Names Should Have
Creating Memorable Names can be an art form. Allow yourself time for Names to come naturally.
Personality – Giving Buttons Names
- Nickname your functions
- The best names provide guidance to the user.
Our Design System
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Design System Posters
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Design Systems on Postcards
Also think about having your Design Systems Printed onto Postcards making it easy for your staff to reference and adapt to (and ideal for new employees).
Design Systems Up-Keep
Plan to revisit and update your Design System. Make the updates easy for you and your team to manage and deploy. If the Design System is not easy to manage it will fail.
Design Systems Values
Group your Design Systems into purpose. And only include what you need.
I search the web and track articles, developers, design related keywords. Here are some of the resources that I use.
- How to Keep Footers at the Bottom of the Page – Matthew James Taylor
Tom Osborne does a such a great job of explaining Visual Loudness that we encourage you to read his article.
Animation CSS commands.
Cut and Paste CSS library.
REsponsive web design adn embedded forms. Lightweight (2k).
Opinionated Css Licrarry to reset the HTML values.
CSS Utility Library with pre-build Flexbox and CSS Grid. Lightweight.
Lightweight library with 1000+ fonts and icons.
Lighweight no-frills CSS lbrary for mobile developers. Can install only the components you need.
CSS Library for 3D rendering.
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