The A-Z guide for operating your design systems team

Illustrations by Francisco Morales

A is for Adoption

There are two groups who need to adopt your design system: designers who use UI kits and engineers who use a code library such as React. Design adoption is easy — just swap out the UI kit and voila. However, code that is even one day old comes with technical constraints that make it hard to just flip a switch and expect all engineers to use it overnight.

To measure adoption at SurveyMonkey, we plot every product team on a five-point color scale:

Mike Dick

Design Systems at SurveyMonkey, Twitch, Quora, Amazon. Built nvite (acquired by Eventbrite) and Cage app (acquired by BitConfused)

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