Design Systems for People

Design Systems for People

So much of the focus on design systems centers around the stuff we put in them. However, examples and surveys show that it's the culture of communication and collaboration that actually holds the keys to success. Design systems amplify that culture, so we have to focus on improving those systems first in order to create design systems that thrive.

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Emily Campbell

April 16, 2019
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    #DesignExchange 5% 12% 21% 21% 41% Level 1 Level 2

    Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Impact of design Adoption of design
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    #DesignExchange guided by clear standards and structures, A collection of

    reusable elements, that is coherently organized
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    #DesignExchange guided by clear standards and structures, A collection of

    reusable elements, that is coherently organized to let us build better products faster.
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    “Organizations which design systems are constrained to produce designs that

    are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.” #DesignExchange Conway’s Law
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    #DesignExchange If it’s not successful, why? 52% Adoption 42% Maintenance

    38% Staffing 35% Lack of an executive champion Source: Sparkbox 2019 Design Systems Survey
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    #DesignExchange Just moving 3 developers to 4 doubles the number

    of lines of communication
 -Rich Rogers
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    Every system has two sets of rules: The rules as

    they are intended or commonly perceived, and the actual rules ("reality") #DesignExchange Paul Buchheit
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    #DesignExchange 10 minutes How can we frame and use the

    design system based on the values of others
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    #DesignExchange EXTERNAL PARTNERS CORE • What activities need to happen?

    • Who are the owner/decision makers? • Who are consulted? • Who are informed?
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    #DesignExchange EXTERNAL PARTNERS CORE • What activities need to happen?

    • Who are the owner/decision makers? • Who are consulted? • Who are informed?
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    1. Think in systems 2. Principled decisions 3. Know your

    stakeholders 4. Form follows function 5. Build a shared language #DesignExchange