DESIGN SYSTEMS — Its all about planning and organizing..

3 min readJun 6, 2024


Organizing a design system effectively is crucial for maintaining consistency, efficiency, and scalability in the design and development processes. Specially in a large and distributed teams, where it is impossible to review and fine tune all that is getting generated. With standard practices and guiding principles, we can allign the direction of thinking for the team and get almost similar outputs. Here are a few pieces from there which helps us take it to the next level.

  1. Defining the Core Principles

Guiding Principles: Establishing the foundational principles of the design system, such as clarity, consistency, and accessibility. These will guide all design decisions.
Design Tokens: Creating a set of design tokens (variables for colors, typography, spacing, etc.) to ensure consistency across.

2. Component Library

Atomic Design: Elements, Components, Templates, and Pages.
Naming Conventions: Developing a clear and consistent naming convention for components to make them easily identifiable and reusable.
Version and Variant Control: Implementing version and variant control for the components to manage updates and changes effectively.

3. Documentation

Centralized Documentation: Maintaining a thorough documentation in a centralized location. This should include guidelines, usage examples, and best practices.
Code Examples: Provide code snippets for each component in various frameworks (React, Angular, etc.) to aid developers.
Design Specifications: Documenting design specifications, such as margins, padding, and font sizes, to ensure consistency.

4. Collaboration and Governance

Cross-Functional Teams: Involving designers, developers, and product managers in the creation and maintenance of the design system.
The Review Process: Establishing a review and approval process for new components and changes made to the design system.
Feedback Loop: Creating a feedback mechanism for designers to report issues or suggest improvements.

5. Tools and Resources

Design Tools: Using design tools like Figma, Sketch, or Adobe XD to create and manage your design system. Converting these as master components on these tools is a must for the design team to be efficient and super productive.
Component Libraries: Leveraging component libraries like Storybook to build and showcase all the UI components. Collaborate with the dev team and have a unified repository which could do the talking and help in execution at the same time.
Automated Testing: Implementing automated testing for your components to ensure they work as expected across different use cases and browsers.

6. Accessibility

Accessibility Standards: Ensuring all the components adhere to accessibility standards (e.g., WCAG) to make the design system inclusive.
Assistive Technologies: Designing and developing components with accessibility in mind, including keyboard navigation, screen reader support, and color contrast.

7. Scalability

Modular Design: Designing the system to be modular, allowing components to be reused and recombined easily.
Consistent Updates: Creating a process for the team to make suggestions on upgrades and create new components. It is a great way to have fun, brainstorm

These have been a bunch of strings and strategies for a well-organized design system that enhances collaboration, ensures consistency, and scales effectively with your project.