Design Systems & Frameworks 2017-06-18T11:00:46+00:00
Design Systems & Frameworks

Beyond the Styleguide

Design Systems & Frameworks

Beyond the Styleguide

Enable your organization to develop and evolve the customer experience

Deliver Quality Consistently

Bring consistency, quality and agility to your product development by leveraging the same design elements, patterns, templates and guiding principles.

Lower Your Cost of Ownership

Lower your cost of ownership for client facing platforms and products by leveraging design and development across multiple projects.

Increase Velocity to Value

Shrinks your time to market for up both your design and development efforts by providing a head start on new digital initiatives and a familiar toolbox for products and applications that are currently in production.

Deliver Quality Consistently

Bring consistency, quality and agility to your product development by leveraging the same design elements, patterns, templates and guiding principles.

Lower Your Cost of Ownership

Lower your cost of ownership for client facing platforms and products by leveraging design and development across multiple projects.

Increase Velocity to Value

Shrinks your time to market for up both your design and development efforts by providing a head start on new digital initiatives and a familiar toolbox for products and applications that are currently in production.

What makes up a Design System?

Reusable Digital Assets

Reusable digital assets including components, user personas, patterns, visual direction and user journeys

Design Principles

Design principles that convey the design thinking and rationale as well as guidance for using it.

Technology & Platform Assumptions

Technology and platform assumptions that link to component-based architectures.

Team & Organization

An interdisciplinary team made up of user experience designers and front-end technologists as well an organization that provides supports, governs, and evangelizes its use.

“T7 will become an inherent part of the User Experience Platform.”

Gartner – The Emerging User Experience Platform

“T7 will become an inherent part of the User Experience Platform.”

Gartner – The Emerging User Experience Platform

Best Practices for Ramping Up Your Design System

Start With A Design Project

While you would like to say that creating an inventory of all of your current template, patterns, elements, and branding will be enough, you should think forward and begin to evolve your design system with a real project that is complex enough to use and generate many reusable assets.   This will also act as the testbed for understanding how your design system will be integrated into both your design and development processes.

Mind Your Technology

Develop a strategy for scaling a design system across many applications. Understand how best to serve the various development teams within your organization. Does your organization prefer a particular framework or do you have to be framework agnostic? Provide consistency, quality, and speed to all your front-end development efforts regardless of technology stack.

Keep it Contextual

In order to create the right set of reusable assets, you may need a core set of digital assets that is available to the entire organization and other assets that are specific to different areas.  e.g. you may use the same color palette, fonts, basic input controls for a internal business application and your marketing site BUT you will mostly like not share templates and patterns that are specific to those sites based on their individual persona needs.

Accelerators of Innovation

Open Source Toolkits

Jump-start your platform initiative or redesign! We’ve open-sourced an interactive style guide framework as well as other useful experience design and development tools to empower our clients’ product development teams.

Digital Solutions Center

Gain velocity-to value by utilizing our development center for your next project. Our experts teams can help your team embrace new technologies and standards while delivering faster time to market.

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