From Zero to Design System

A step by step guide to launching a design system at a startup

Jen Bayne
Jen Bayne
Apr 1 · 9 min read
Illustration by Oleg Shcherba from Ouch!

Phase 1: From inventory to blueprint

Step 1: Create an inventory of your existing styles and components

Ursus Wehrli “The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy.” Credit: Chronicle Books

Step 2: Question, reduce and streamline

Step 3: Stress-test your inventory

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Phase 2: From blueprint to code

Setting expectations

Material Design by Google. An inspiration for what’s possible.
It’s okay to start small and park the flash site for later.

Figure out your implementation plan

Nominate your first candidate. Implement. Repeat.


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