Since Figma’s inception, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to empower people building design systems. Just months after our public launch in 2016, we introduced Figma’s team library feature to help companies share libraries of components across files and teams.
In our complex multi-screen world, designers need tools to scale their process quickly. Tech companies are competing on the strength of their user experience and as their design headcount increases, they face issues of consistency, communication and execution.
As a result, there has been a recent uptick in the interest around design systems—even though they’re not a new concept. We have been hearing a ton of questions from our community: Should design components be tied to code? Do companies need to hire teams to build these systems? How do you get a design system off the ground? Will design systems replace designers?
What do you want to know about design systems?
Today, we’re excited to introduce DesignSystems.com, which will become a hub for the broader design community to learn about and engage in discussion around the craft of building design systems.
As designers, we like to wrap up months upon months of blood, sweat and tears into a shiny Medium post talking about how great our work is. However, this isn’t always helpful for others. By hiding the complexity of our process we discourage our peers when they hit everyday roadblocks instead of inspiring them to power through.
DesignSystems.com will tackle the hard topics head on. We’ll share the messy war stories, hard earned lessons and best practices that everyone can benefit from. We’ll also explore the cultural and economic impact of design systems.
Do you have stories to share about creating a design system? We want to hear about your successes, failures and burning questions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and share with us.