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Design Systems - Polish Berlin Tech

Mariusz Cieśla
January 11, 2018

Design Systems - Polish Berlin Tech

A primer in design systems, what they are, why you want one and a couple of sales tactics on getting the ball rolling for your team and company.

Originally given as a talk at Polish Berlin Tech event in January 2018.

Mariusz Cieśla

January 11, 2018

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  1. Everyone works inside their neat little silo of a team,

    without paying attention to what happens at a global level.
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  3. Designers: We can maintain consistency across our designs so you

    can focus on innovation rather than pixel pushing.
  4. Designers: Oh, if you enjoy pixel pushing, come work on

    design systems with me, so we can do pixel pushing at a global level.
  5. Developers: We’ll work on a UI framework that you can

    use like Bootstrap / Material / something they know, so you can focus on important code things.
  6. Product management: You’ll be able to quickly mock up your

    experiments using a kit of elements without investing a lot of time.
  7. “Design tokens are the visual design atoms of the design

    system — specifically, they are named entities that store visual design attributes. We use them in place of hard-coded values (such as hex values for color or pixel values for spacing) in order to maintain a scalable and consistent visual system for UI development.” https://www.lightningdesignsystem.com/design-tokens/
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  11. Extra points: Build a dedicated Design Systems Engneering team whose

    sole purpose is maintaining, updating and evangelizing design system.