Design System Tiers

Time To Mature Systems To Support Levels of Work

Nathan Curtis
Feb 6, 2019 · 9 min read
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A System Can Support Tiers

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At the Top, a “Core” Relevant to Everyone

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Start with Tiers for WITHIN Business Units…

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Tier 2 subsystems, supporting different lines of business (A, B, C, D)

…And Also Empower Tiers ACROSS Units

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Expand the Use of System Tools for Tiered Work

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Example: Sales organization building an extended component library

Model Permissions for Visibility and Control


Curate the Namespace Centrally


Expose Tiers in Documentation


The Higher the Tier, The Higher the Quality

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Feature quality criteria by tier

Use Tiers in Conversations About Contributions


EightShapes

A collection of stories, studies, and deep thinking from…

Thanks to James Melzer

Nathan Curtis

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Founded UX firm @eightshapes, contributing to the design systems field through consulting and workshops. VT & @uchicago grad.

EightShapes

A collection of stories, studies, and deep thinking from EightShapes

Nathan Curtis

Written by

Founded UX firm @eightshapes, contributing to the design systems field through consulting and workshops. VT & @uchicago grad.

EightShapes

A collection of stories, studies, and deep thinking from EightShapes

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