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What the hell is a design system?

Published on Friday, 1st February 2019, contributed by Natural Interaction Ltd

Natural Interaction - UX Agency

By David Crossland

What is a design system and why should I be using one?

Heard the term 'design system' but not entirely sure what it actually is? Our UXer David Crossland explains everything in this high drama tell all* ?

*actually less drama, more useful blog post but we got your attention right!

A design system is not one single deliverable but rather a collection of deliverables which can be updated / changed as the clients needs change. It should evolve constantly with the product, technology and company. We’re big fans of design systems because they give our clients the flexibility and freedom to implement consistent updates to their website or product in the future. Essentially we’re giving them the tools to do more themselves.