Design Systems

October 31, 2022
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Andrew Rohman

Design System Adoption Insights

We surveyed over 100 design system managers and contributors to better understand the challenges they’re facing around adoption. Here are 5 of the top insights that the survey revealed.

April 21, 2022
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Chris Strahl

What is systems thinking and how is it connected to design systems?

Systems thinking can change the way you build digital experiences. How? Read on.

April 19, 2022
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Xiangjun (Shixie) Shi Trofimov

Lessons learned from working on Carbon for IBM.com

For a system to be adopted at scale, the design system team has to operate like a service, where backstage activities are coordinated and choreographed to enable a desired onstage experience. Xiangjun (Shixie) Shi Trofimov, Design Lead of Carbon for IBM.com design system, shares her experience on a service-oriented design system team.

March 2, 2022
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Chris Strahl

The future of design systems

Design systems aren't just for designers; code isn't just for engineers. The future of design systems is collaborative.

February 3, 2022
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Michael J. Fordham

How to onboard a new designer to your design system

Design systems help new hires get up-to-speed fast—but how? This guide will walk you through getting new designers onboarded to your design system within days.

January 26, 2022
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Shayna Hodkin

Design system predictions for 2022

We're ready for innovation. Here are some predictions from the design systems community about what 2022 will bring.

December 21, 2021
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Michael J. Fordham

Who should be on your design system team?

Prepping your 2022 hiring budget? Keep these roles in mind for your design system team. Not sold on building a team for your design system? We've laid out the reasons why you should.

October 29, 2021
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Shayna Hodkin

Why do design systems need content strategists?

Design systems don't just contain design elements: they're a central source of truth for product teams and ideally hold all of a product's assets, including content. Jess Sattell, Senior Content Strategist for Adobe's Spectrum design system, shares her experiences and thoughts on writing for design systems.

October 21, 2021
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Shayna Hodkin

Design system resources for advanced practitioners

If you want to learn about design systems, there’s an endless list of resources at your disposal. This garden of resources, however, has a downside: uncertain quality. As a senior practitioner, you can’t risk trusting the wrong sources. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of resources vetted by design system experts.

October 21, 2021
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Andrew Rohman

When do design systems start to pay off?

By figuring out why design systems are so beneficial for product teams, we can get more value from them, faster.

October 6, 2021
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Shayna Hodkin

Design systems aren't museums

What’s the difference between a design system and a pattern library? They serve different purposes.

July 16, 2021
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Maya Hampton

What do design system product managers do?

Maya Hampton, Product Manager of REI's design system Cedar, wrote a follow-up to her episode of the Design Systems Podcast. Read on to discover what the product manager of a leading design system does and how she makes an impact.

July 12, 2021
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Max Masure

Supporting inclusive form design with design systems

Form design isn’t a nice-to-have; they come up often and are carefully curated to get the right information at the right time. But when forms involve players from multiple teams, priorities can get mixed up and inclusion can fall to the wayside.

May 4, 2021
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Will Harris

Is pattern-based thinking the new design thinking?

Design thinking was revolutionary—but it's not perfect. Pattern-based thinking is the solution.

April 20, 2021
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Michael J. Fordham

Version control best practices for design systems

Version control is a well-known best practice for developers; now we're welcoming it to design systems. Here's how to keep your design system impactful and up-to-date using version control.

April 5, 2021
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Will Harris

What's pattern-based thinking, and what does it have to do with design systems?

To get the most out of a design system, we need to make sure it's built to last. Utilizing pattern-based thinking is key to creating a reusable, impactful design system.

April 2, 2021
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Joel Edelman

Why your voice and tone guide belongs in your design system

Design systems should be your organization's central source of truth for all brand elements—including voice and tone.

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