Talking about Design Systems at WUD Trójmiasto 2019

Michał Malewicz WUD Trójmiasto 2019

Backstory

As I've been working on digital products for close to two decades now, the change towards systematic approach is now more apparent than ever. The landscape changes and products that are being built are more and more complex - both technologically and functionally. A systemic approach to design system becomes especially visible after building a lot of products with some of them being quite large and complex.

lots of design projects

The approach to design systems

Of course the main idea was that anything that helps with consistency and clarity of design decisions can be a design system. It's all about the systemic approach, not following some rules on what a design system should be. If it helps - keep it!

The Why

Once our teams start growing maintaining product communication becomes a chatoic nightmare. We can't force people to only use our preferred methods and some communication is bound to slip out to the real world. The more people we have the more chaotic the end result becomes.

growing design team

To keep everything in check it's best to create a buffer between team members with our source of truth. It allows us to focus on innovating and designing truly remarkable interfaces, full of various UI bugs that are a plague right now. Most products look and feel cheap and under-designed - even if they otherwise work perfectly.

apple vs samsung

That's why I really like showing the bottom of the iPhone 6 vs the bottom of a Samsung phone from that era. It shows that even though it doesn't impair the functionality in any way - it still is considered a much better job and a more trustworthy product. It's also considered worth more, even if their prices are actually the same.

You can read more on the actual design system process in one of our previous posts: https://hype4.com/blog/how-to-start-a-design-system-the-basics

This post details a lot of the necessary steps and points needed for a proper design system to be built and maintained. I will surely be talking about it a lot more as it's become my main interest in the design scene at the moment - how to put systems in place that govern quality and consistency.

And don't forget to check my other articles on Medium: https://medium.com/@michalmalewicz

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