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Salesforce’s Platform UX team problem solving at an offsite event. Photo by David Schultz

At Salesforce, we like to say that Lightning Design System faces unique challenges. That’s true, but it’s also something we’re proud of. Most of those challenges stem from success — and in order to continue that success, we have to address them in innovative ways.

Case in point: In the three-year history of the Salesforce Lightning Design System (SLDS), Salesforce has acquired 22 companies (yes, 22) — each with technologies that must be integrated into the Salesforce ecosystem. Our platform designers and engineers come from a wide range of backgrounds, in almost every market segment and industry. They work in frameworks that include React, Angular, and Vue, as well as our internal frameworks, Visualforce and Lightning. …


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Photo by Sérgio Rola on Unsplash

A lot of companies are evolving their style and brand guides into design systems. By doing so they’re making their product and engineering organizations more productive. Their products are beautiful and easy for people to use. Because of this success, design systems continue to grow in popularity at a rapid rate. In some cases, they can even influence their business’ revenue.

Companies with design systems are sharing them with the community. Public facing design system libraries and GitHub hosted design systems are the norm. It can also be a great recruiting and PR tool for your design and development teams.

Design systems are essential for internal teams. …


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Sometimes a candidate for your design team slips through the phone screens and gets an onsite. You may have been there before. You have a few concerns over the resume but you want to give them an unbiased, fair shot. They come into the interview and start showing their portfolio. You see some flags. As they go on, the flags turn red. Even though you’ve made up your mind at that point you still ask a few questions to see if they can dig their way out of it.

It’s hard to identify an interviewee’s core design skills, especially if they’ve planned ahead to speak in buzzwords from articles about how to interview for a design position. …


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An increasing number of cloud companies are developing their own design systems and making them publicly available. Some make them available online to promote their company’s design thinking and others offer them open-source to the design community. Take a look at them closely and you’ll notice one integral part of the system is missing.

One of the core parts of a design system is its voice and tone. In order to create solutions for a product, your team need to know how you’re going to communicate those solutions. …

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Alan Weibel

Husband, father, friend, sports fan. Lead Product Designer, @Salesforce Lightning Design System

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