We're looking for a free option to document brand guidelines

5 years ago from , Creative Director at Qikker

Hello DN,

As the title says, we're looking for a free solution to document the brand guidelines for several clients. Something with an end result like this: http://carbondesignsystem.com/

We found this one from Huge which is pretty nice but we would like to have the option to have two levels of pages in de structure.

Frontify looks pretty good but is really expensive. Do you you any other good systems we can download and host ourself?


  • Craig Coles, 5 years ago

    I was after the same end result, and used Fabricator. Actually, I ended up just using the actual NPM package that drives Fabricator instead and managed to achieve the output I was after.

    2 points
  • Danny Lewandowski, 5 years ago

    I've used Astrum. Very easy to integrate and customize. http://astrum.nodividestudio.com/

    1 point
  • Jens Roels, 5 years ago

    Frontify is really easy to use!

    They do offer a free plan.

    1 point
    • Aubrey JohnsonAubrey Johnson, 5 years ago

      I use this to get clients started with their branding. Suuuuuper useful for keeping everything consistent and a single source of truth.

      0 points
  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 5 years ago

    Surely it doesn't take you that long to smash together any of the example sites listed here in a solid session on Sublime Text/ etc.... I mean really, what you're wanting is a basic paged website that lists all your elements.

    It shouldn't take a decent front end dev more than a couple of hours to put a framework for such a site as that together in raw html. Then just chop and change stylesheets in the future.

    Sometimes I just don't see the benefit in framework stacks like what's being suggested, there's a lot of ecosystem bloat to just show a style guide..

    0 points
  • Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, 5 years ago

    It's a bit of a hack, and also not entirely free. But you could use Invision Boards to host brand guidelines. Like for example this example: https://projects.invisionapp.com/boards/UGASQ9BHRFT/

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  • Matt WilliamsMatt Williams, 5 years ago

    You might look into KSS or Brad Frost's styleguide guide.

    There is a node implementation of KSS which works really nicely. KSS Node

    and the styleguide guide which is a jekyll solution.

    0 points
  • James FutheyJames Futhey, 5 years ago

    Love Frontify. Wasn't aware their free plan had been phased-out.

    Looks like you can fork the carbon design system repo. Curious, is that a viable option for your organization?

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