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What are design systems?

A design system is a collection of reusable, modular components guided by clear standards that can be used to build complex software applications and other digital projects. Design systems provide a shared visual language that allows for efficient collaboration across teams while ensuring consistency, scalability, and seamless implementation.

Design Systems Consulting

Why use a design system?

  • Consistency

    Consistency

    A library of predefined, reusable components and patterns connected to a single source of truth ensures brand consistency across multiple projects.

  • Efficiency

    Efficiency

    Designing and developing new interfaces with premade modules greatly improves efficiency while reducing the amount of documentation required.

  • Scalability

    Scalability

    A design system is a living artifact. As the needs of your business evolve, the system scales with them. A well-nurtured system is the investment that keeps on giving.

How we’ve helped others

  • ANet case study
    UI & UX
    ANet case study

    Helping a non-profit make a bigger impact with data

  • DAA case study
    UI & UX
    DAA case study

    Creating a complex cloud-based application for the modern pharmacy

"Our engineers feel like they have tools needed to update website to reflect the final design recommendations "

Patrick Quinn
Managing Partner, Cadwalader

What to expect

  • Guidelines

    Guidelines

    We work with you from the ground up. Considering your brand identity, current and future needs, we create a set of guidelines and documentation that govern everything in the system. A grid system, color palette, and typograhic scale are some of fundamental building blocks of a design system.

  • Components

    Components

    The component library forms the nuts and bolts of the design system — a set of reusable, modular building blocks that allows for rapid designing and iteration on digital products at large scale. Stateful components are created with use cases built in and ready for development.

  • Patterns

    Patterns

    Using the component library as the foundation, we scale up to define larger structures called patterns. Repeating modules are identified and created allowing for fast and consitent designs. Patterns can include navigation, form templates, data tables, and anything else that’s needed.

The process

  • Initial Assessment
    Initial Assessment

    At the outset of your project, we work with you to understand the problems being faced by your organization. No two companies are alike, and we tailor the discovery process to suit the needs and goals of your project.

  • Definition of Scope
    Definition of Scope

    Once we understand your needs, we create a roadmap for production. This includes a definitive list of components and patterns that make up the design system, any planned future enhancements, and a timetable for design and implementation.

  • Design and Iteration
    Design and Iteration

    With map in hand, we begin to create the foundations of a new design library. We work iteratively and collaboratively, sharing our progress along the way to ensure that everything is being designed up to the standards and needs of your company.

  • Handoff and Support
    Handoff and Support

    Once our guidelines, components, and patterns are complete, we assist in the next steps, whether that means facilitating handoff to your team or passing the ball to our own DOOR3 developers. As your project grows and unfolds, we stay close to ensure seamless integration and help to nurture the evolution of your design system.

We walk the talk

Our website was built and designed using our own in-house design system, which has made it easy for us to quickly iterate and keep our design and development teams in sync. Like our work? Get in touch and find out what we can do for your company today.

We walk the talk
We walk the talk

Create a consistent style for all your products and decrease development time with design systems.