What is a Design System?

A design system is a collection of repeatable components and clear guidelines for using those components. It is a single source of truth for teams, that allows designers and developers to reference, create and build consistent interfaces. 

Companies like Google, BBC, and Uber all have their own unique design system. It is the most effective way teams can design, build and ship products with speed and at scale. 

An example: IBM Carbon System: www.carbondesignsystem.com

Benefits of a Design System:


Speed of creation

Overcoming problems


When a new component is identified it can be added to the design system and shared with all teams saving research, design, and development time.