The ABCs of Design Systems

The A-Z guide for operating your design systems team

Mike Dick
Mike Dick
Aug 20, 2019 · 14 min read
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Illustrations by Francisco Morales

A is for Adoption

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B is for Beta

C is for Canon

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Design systems solve a design problem, but with an engineering solution.

D is for Distribution

E is for Ecosystem

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F is for Forever

G is for Glue

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Your design system is the glue that holds the seams together.

H is for Help

I is for Invisible

J is for Job

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K is for Knowledge

L is for Live

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M is for Measure

N is for Need

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Identify a need that the business has and propose that you can solve that need with a design system

O is for Onboarding

P is for People

Q is for Quit Policing

R is for Relationships

S is for Scale

T is for Thinking Systematically

U is for Unifying Disciplines

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Your design system’s ability to bridge gaps between disciplines is a superpower

V is for Vision

W is for Wrangler

X is for “X”

Y is for You

Z is for Zoo

Curiosity by Design

We’re a passionate group of designers, content strategists…

Mike Dick

Written by

Mike Dick

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

Curiosity by Design

We’re a passionate group of designers, content strategists, and researchers who create the SurveyMonkey experience. We’re as diverse in thought as we are similar in experience — and we’re curious…by design.

Mike Dick

Written by

Mike Dick

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

Curiosity by Design

We’re a passionate group of designers, content strategists, and researchers who create the SurveyMonkey experience. We’re as diverse in thought as we are similar in experience — and we’re curious…by design.

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