Getting support from key stakeholders will be essential. You’ll learn about the three target audiences for your system and how to gain their support. You will need to understand how your peers, your overall organization, and the users of your product benefit from a design system in order to form the necessary allies for your effort. We will also show you how to use qualitative and quantitative data to measure the benefits.
Implementing your design system can be one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome. We will show you how to assess your organization before attempting to build your system. You’ll learn why the type of organization you work for can affect your approach. You’ll be given the tools to assess the current state of your product to help determine the structure that best suits your organization’s needs. Case studies help put the unique challenges you are facing into sharper focus.
Next, we will focus on the six interlocking areas that make up a design system; Layout, styles, components, regions, content, and usability. You learn how these parts work together to create a robust system. We will help you to understand whether it is the right time to implement a design system and, if it is, how to avoid common failures.
Next, you will learn how to think about design systems as a shared language. You will learn how to create the building blocks and guidelines for your language. This can be done by breaking interfaces down into their simplest forms, as well as by building elements up to create larger interfaces. We will show you how to create design principles that you can use to craft your unique design language. These principles will address both user needs and organizational goals.
Iterating on your system will be key to its future success. Your design system cannot be created and then set aside. You will need to understand how to maintain and scale it as your product and organization changes. Measuring and tracking results will be vital for your stakeholders. We will show you how to maintain momentum through established process, goal setting, and evangelizing your system across your organization.