Please forward this error screen typographic design form and communication pdf 52. And up until now, we’ve been doing a whole lotta talkin’.
That’s not to say it hasn’t been productive talk! After all, we’ve discussed the importance of modular thinking, we’ve learned a methodology for crafting deliberate UI design systems, and we’ve showcased tools for creating effective pattern libraries. But here’s where the rubber meets the road. Where we roll up our sleeves and put all of this theory into practice. This chapter will tackle all that goes into selling, creating, and maintaining effective design systems.
If this is such common knowledge, why aren’t we constantly hearing thousands of success stories from around the world? The design process is weird and complicated, because people are weird and complicated. You can have all the right technologies in place, use the latest and greatest tools, and even have extraordinarily talented individuals on board, but if everyone involved isn’t actually cooperating and communicating with one another then you’re not going to create great work. That’s not to say you can’t create good work, but more often than not you’re going to create one of the many disappointing shades of bad work. Establishing and maintaining successful interface design systems requires an organization-wide effort, and this chapter will discuss how to overcome human beings’ many quirks to make them happen. When to establish a design system So when’s the best time to establish an interface design system? Design systems and their accompanying pattern libraries are often created in conjunction with a new design or redesign project, replatforming effort, or other initiative.
Piggybacking off another project is a great way to sneak a pattern library into your organization. That being said, creating a design system and pattern library doesn’t necessarily need to coincide with another project. If you can convince your clients and stakeholders to pony up the cash and resources for a dedicated design system project, then good on you! How exactly do you sell a design system to your clients, bosses, colleagues, and stakeholders? Put on your business hat, because we’re going to tackle that in the next section! Pitching patterns Introducing a new way of doing things is no easy task, as it requires changing people’s existing mentalities and behaviors. Getting stakeholders and clients on board with establishing a design system involves constant education, in addition to a bit of marketing savvy.
It’s necessary to introduce the concept of interface design systems to your clients, colleagues, and stakeholders. Explain what these design systems are and the many ways they can help the organization. Alas, I’ve found that I can hype design systems until I’m blue in the face, but the suits don’t always see things through the same lens as the people on the ground. A simple reframing of the question helps immensely. Do you like saving time and money? If the answer to that question is no, I’m afraid you have way bigger problems than selling a design system.