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Design System Features, Step-by-Step

A Workflow to Design, Build and Document Each Part

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



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Nathan Curtis

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