• Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 7 months ago

    I am in a similar situation. And the worst thing you can do to yourself is believing that there is any one way a design system needs to look like.

    In essence, a design system is a manifestation of rules intended to be followed when designing. Those can be as esoteric and tangible as your organisation needs it to be.

    Here's how I would approach it:

    • Start with collecting current patterns, look for inconsistencies amongst them and in an iteration, unify them where reasonable (for example, different hues of the same color need to become one).
    • Start some form of manifestation for those patterns. This can be a google doc, a website or a pdf - it does not matter, what matters is that it is getting manifested in some form of thing that can be found outside of your or your design teams mind.

    Depending on the brand/product that could already take a while but will be immediately valuable. From there on you can start questioning those patterns and identifying their origin or the underlying principles that cause those patterns to exist, potentially changing them, creating new ones.

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