Design systems will never replace design jobs (here’s why)(

9 months ago from Catalin Vasile, Designer. Developer. Maker.

  • Rhys MerrittRhys Merritt, 9 months ago

    I love that this title directly goes against the Figma post from 23 days ago.


    I commented in that thread:

    I think it's interesting that you understand design systems to be something that automates a designers job. I've felt lately that a design system is something that helps a design team focus on more important things. If we have a system that makes the UI component of our job faster, and more efficient, we can focus on a lot more than just skinning new UI.

    Imagine smaller teams being able to focus on truly testing usability, prototyping crazy new ideas and creating new functionality that they just didn't have time to conceive in the past because they were too busy pushing pixels.

    I think Design Systems will help designers have much more impact on business, and when that happens, designers could become even more of an asset.

    I was happy to see your article - and I agree with what you've written.

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    • Catalin Vasile, 9 months ago

      Thank you Rhys, this is really great to hear!

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    • John JacksonJohn Jackson, 9 months ago

      I've always saw design systems as a way to create consistency and limit the amount of duplicate work that needs to be done. The part of my life it makes easier is the part where I think "OK, this screen is going to need form fields and buttons." A design system doesn't magically throw it together in the exact order it should be laid out.

      I don't exactly understand the notion that design systems will completely automate design.

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      • Catalin Vasile, 9 months ago

        I think you are completely right! One of the main roles of a design system is to allow designers to focus on the user experience and the visual composition of an interface without stressing out on consistency details. :)

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    • Gavin McFarlandGavin McFarland, 9 months ago

      I believe the title of this article was just to look at both sides of the an argument. Equally they have one that says "No, design systems will not replace design jobs".

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