Integrate. Accelerating Design and Code.
Designers and coders work hand in hand, supported by a commonly used tool. Collaboration can be this simple. Design systems are no longer a novelty. If your organization does not have one, you are missing out on up to 60% cost savings in front-end development and UX design. They are a valuable tool in DesignOps for integrating design into the organization, ensuring good design is achieved faster than poor design.
Many design systems with varying technical and content quality levels have already been implemented. The decision to either create in-house or to purchase is now more critical and strategically important than ever. With our experience from two enterprise-level design systems - in their planning, implementation, and operation - we recommend benchmarking before starting.
Planning for Enterprise Level
Before the returns, comes the investment. This system serves as an infrastructure for product development and requires careful planning. We provide guidance on determining requirements, making technological decisions, and strategizing internal budgets. Addressing crucial issues like governance and contribution upfront is also essential.
Focus on Implementation Strategy
The Design Ops toolchain requires further clarification. A design system proves its quality during operation, specifically when projects utilize the system. Its ongoing development must be synchronized with these projects in a way that allows the system to maximize its benefits and secure acceptance from the projects.