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Design Systems

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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Formatting

Paragraph

Lead Paragraph

Block Quote

Headers (H1 – H6)

Lists

Links

Code

Images

Block

Full Bleed

Inline with position

Video

Font Libraries

Awesome Font

Responsive

Responsive Libraries. 

Interactive Elements

Buttons

Primary

Secondary

Button Groups

Menu Buttons

Split Buttons

FAB (floating action)

Code

Divider Rule

Switch

Slider

Hyperlinks

Live 

Visited 

 

3D Render

Animation

Animation CSS Rules and Actions. 

Mobile

Mobile Guidelines.

Form Controls

Form Elements

Text

Variants (email, etc)

Text Area

Radio

Checkbox>

Select

File Upload

Labels

Floating Labels

Microcopy

Required

Validation

Material Samples

Unassigned

Unassigned Elements

Embedment Code

In Beta.

Design Systems

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.

Naming Patterns

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

Metaphorical

  • Spotlight
  • Bracket

Purposeful

  • The best names provide guidance to the user.

Design System

Our Design System

See the Pen DESIGN SYSTEM Irishguy Design Studio by Gary Crossey (@Irishguy) on CodePen.

Promote Your Design System

Design System Posters

Take advantage of our Design System Poster Package to showcase their Design Systems.

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.

Web Resources

I search the web and track articles, developers, design related keywords. Here are some of the resources that I use.

Visual Loudness

Tom Osborne does a such a great job of explaining Visual Loudness that we encourage you to read his article. 

CSS Libraries

Animate.css

Animation CSS commands.

CSS Wand

Cut and Paste CSS library.

Water.css

REsponsive web design adn embedded forms. Lightweight (2k).

Destyle.css

Opinionated Css Licrarry to reset the HTML values.

Raisin.css

CSS Utility Library with pre-build Flexbox and CSS Grid. Lightweight.

Font Awesome

Lightweight library with 1000+ fonts and icons.

Semantic UI

Shared UI Components. Uses natural language. No need for additional JavaScript implementation.

Pure.css

Lighweight no-frills CSS lbrary for mobile developers. Can install only the components you need.

Voxel.css

CSS Library for 3D rendering.

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