Design System Features, Step-by-Step

A Workflow to Design, Build and Document Each Part

Nathan Curtis
Sep 14, 2017 · 8 min read
The EightShapes Five Step System Workflow

#1. Discover


#2. Design


#3. Build


#4. Doc

Google Docs revision history of a Color page, highlighting suggestions and edits from one of history’s 60 total edits.

#5. Publish


Steps Aren’t a Waterfall, But Do End Sequentially


Not All Features Require Every Step


For Trivial Tasks, Combine Steps


Reflect the Steps in Task or Subtask Titles


Structure Reports to Visualize Doneness

First Release Doneness Matrix

EightShapes

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

Thanks to John Henry Müller.

Nathan Curtis

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Founder of UX firm @eightshapes. Speaker. Writer. Fan of Arsenal, Hokies. Cyclist & runner. Father & husband. VT & @uchicago grad.

EightShapes

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