What’s a Design System, Design Language, and Design Language System? And what’s the Difference?

Maximilian Speicher
The Startup
5 min readMay 5, 2020

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TL;DR: Depending on who you ask, a design system and a design language might be the same thing or not. Regardless, the important point here is that both a system and a language go beyond a simple pattern library. They have to include a set of rules and guidelines to give the included components structure and meaning.

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Maximilian Speicher
The Startup

A designer who writes about leadership, strategy, & anything UX • Doctor of Computer Science • formerly University of Michigan • maxspeicher.com/newsletter