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10 Key Benefits of a Design System

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1. July 2024
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Implementing a design system not only brings obvious aesthetic and technical benefits to organisations, but more importantly offers practical solutions to a range of problems faced by design and development teams. Below we present ten key solutions that a design system offers in response to specific challenges that your organisation may be facing.

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Consistency in appearance and function

Imagine you are a user who wants to use a company’s services. You start on a laptop, but have to leave the house, so you try to complete the transaction on your mobile phone. You are in for a surprise. Each of the company’s channels looks and works differently – it’s like a jigsaw puzzle made up of different pieces.

Lack of consistency in the design and functionality of digital products can lead to frustration, discouragement and even loss of trust in the brand. Users expect their experience to be consistent and predictable, whether they are using a mobile app, a website or any other digital interface.

A design system comes to the rescue by providing a ‘handbook’ for consistency. With clearly defined rules and ready-to-use components, it ensures a consistent look and feel across all your digital products. It’s like a compass in the design world – no matter how many projects you create, the design system will help you stay on course and make sure you’re heading in the right direction. When every element, from buttons to typography, is consistent, users feel more confident and comfortable using your company’s products. This consistency builds a solid, professional brand identity in the digital space. Ultimately, when everything works the way it should, life just gets easier – for both users and creators.

You can read more about what a design system is in our article.

 

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Design system increases speed and efficiency

A common challenge in the technology industry is lengthy design cycles resulting from the need to build every element of a project from scratch. This work can be time consuming, costly and carries the risk of inconsistencies in the final products. In today’s ever-changing marketplace, long design cycles can significantly delay product release and reduce competitiveness.

A design system is a powerful weapon against such long design cycles. With a set of ready-made, well-designed and tested components, teams can quickly assemble new projects on a solid foundation. There is no need to spend countless hours “reinventing the wheel” – a design system allows you to go from idea to execution in much less time. Components can be easily modified and adapted, increasing project flexibility while maintaining consistency and quality.

As well as the obvious benefits of saving time and money, faster design cycles enable companies to respond more quickly to market changes and consumer demands. Organisations that can quickly adapt their products and bring new solutions to market gain a competitive advantage and are better positioned to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Alex Thomas - IT Business Partner - SYZYGY Warsaw

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Dzięki stosowaniu komponentów nadających się do ponownego użycia, projektanci i programiści mogą pracować szybciej i wydajniej.

Your own design system for easy team collaboration

When designers use design terminology and developers respond with technical jargon, misunderstandings can escalate into real project drama. The lack of a common language and differing expectations between teams can lead to endless cycles of revisions, frustration and products that ultimately fail to meet standards. In an industry where time is money, inefficient collaboration not only slows down processes, it is also costly.

A design system can act as a translator between designers and developers, providing both with a consistent and understandable set of tools and components. By clearly defining the rules, styles and behaviours of each element, everyone on the team knows what to expect and how these elements should work in practice. This greatly streamlines the transfer of ideas from the designer’s desk to the user’s screen.

Using a design system provides a solid foundation for any project, enabling teams to work together effectively and efficiently. This allows designers to focus on creating thoughtful and visually appealing solutions, while developers can implement these solutions efficiently, knowing that everything will work as intended.

Reducing the number of misunderstandings and communication errors directly translates into faster design and development cycles, resulting in lower costs and higher productivity. A company that can manage its human resources efficiently will gain a significant competitive advantage. In addition, better internal team collaboration increases employee satisfaction and fosters the creation of innovative solutions that can truly differentiate the company in the marketplace.

Jedną z ważniejszych zalet zastosowania design systemów jest lepsza komunikacja i popularyzacja dobrych praktyk w organizacji.

Use of design system: Easier product scaling

As a company and its portfolio grow, scaling products can become a real challenge. Traditional design methods often lead to complexity and inconsistency, especially when different teams work independently on different aspects of the product. Such fragmentation leads to integration, consistency and ultimately quality issues that can hinder the company’s growth and ability to respond quickly to changing market needs.

This is where a design system and its modular structure come to the rescue, much like a set of well-designed LEGO bricks. Rather than creating each element from scratch, teams can use ready-made, well-designed and tested components that fit together perfectly. Each new piece of the product is built from these proven and well-functioning parts, ensuring that everything fits together seamlessly, regardless of who is working on what.

This greatly simplifies the process of adding new features or expanding products. Because everything is designed to work together, it is easier to change and adapt the offering to current market needs without the need for constant monitoring and correction.

Using a design system for product scaling not only saves nerves, but also time and money. Companies that can respond flexibly and quickly to changing customer expectations gain a competitive advantage, build customer loyalty and increase market share.

Improvement of code and design quality

Have you ever used a product that looks great but is not intuitive to use? Or perhaps the opposite – functional but lacking in aesthetics? In the fast-paced world of technology, where user expectations are ever increasing, poor end product quality can be very damaging to a business. Inconsistency in maintaining both visual and functional quality leads to user frustration, which can lead to negative reviews and reduced sales.

A design system offers a solution to this problem by providing consistent and well-tested components that ensure high visual and functional product quality. By applying consistent design and coding principles, all product elements are consistently refined. Every button, form and menu is designed for optimal ergonomics and aesthetics.

As a result, product quality remains consistently high with each release or update, giving users a consistent experience regardless of the platform they are using. This builds the trust and satisfaction that are critical to the long-term success of your business.

High quality and consistency also makes products easier to promote and sell, opening doors to new markets and business opportunities. As a result, companies that implement a design system often experience increased competitiveness and profitability by reducing customer service costs and minimising the number of complaints or returns.

 

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Simplification of maintenance and updates

Maintaining and updating multiple digital products without a ‘central system’ can be not only complicated, but also incredibly costly. Each change requires individual adjustments to be made in multiple locations, increasing the risk of errors and inconsistencies. This not only slows down the entire process, but also creates additional costs in terms of time and resources.

A design system brings immense value by centralising and standardising the elements used across different products and projects. When all of a company’s digital channels use the same set of components and principles, any updates or changes can be made once in the design system and then automatically propagated. This makes change management much easier and more efficient.

With this approach, companies can quickly and efficiently implement fixes, adaptations to new regulatory requirements, security enhancements or functional improvements without having to manually update each product individually. This not only saves time and resources, but also significantly reduces the potential risk of errors caused by inconsistencies between different product versions.

All of this lowers the total cost of ownership, allowing the organisation to better manage its budget and resources. Efficient and consistent management of updates also increases the overall reliability of products, which translates directly into user satisfaction.

Training and onboarding of new employees

Bringing new team members into complex projects can be time consuming and costly. Without consistent standards, new hires must navigate different design and coding practices, which can lead to longer onboarding times and increased risk of errors. This situation is particularly challenging in fast-growing organisations, where every day of training represents a drain on time and resources.

A design system provides clearly defined guidelines, principles and components that streamline the onboarding process for new employees. With access to a well-documented set of best practices and ready-to-use elements, new team members can quickly understand the company’s expectations and design and technology standards. This not only makes it easier for them to understand projects, but also enables them to work more efficiently from the very first days on the job.

Faster onboarding means lower training costs and new hires reach full productivity faster. In addition, a stable and consistent work environment increases employee satisfaction and engagement, which can help reduce turnover and build stronger teams.

Increasing accessibility

Digital products are often designed with the average user in mind, overlooking people with a range of disabilities. This can result in a significant portion of your potential customers being excluded from using your services or products due to accessibility barriers. Such an approach not only limits the company’s reach, but is also at odds with the increasingly stringent legal requirements for digital accessibility.

A design system can include detailed accessibility guidelines, such as colour contrasts, screen reader-friendly navigation and keyboard-operated interactivity. This ensures that every new component designed and implemented within the system automatically meets these standards, allowing products to reach a wider range of users, including those with disabilities.

Accessibility is not only an ethical issue – it is also good business practice. Products that are accessible to everyone can reach a wider audience, increasing the potential market and potentially boosting sales. In addition, compliance with international accessibility standards can protect the company from potential legal and reputational issues. In the long term, inclusive products build a positive brand image as a responsible and inclusive company, increasing customer loyalty and contributing to a strong reputation.

Optimisation of resources

In many organisations, there is a recurring problem of excessive resource consumption by projects that often duplicate the efforts of individual teams. Designers create similar components for different products, and developers repeatedly write similar code. This leads to increased costs, inefficient use of team talent and resources, and unnecessary clutter in code and projects.

The solution is to standardise components and practices. With a centrally managed repository of reusable components, organisations can increase the efficiency of their design and development teams. Each element of the system is designed for multiple uses, reducing the need to design new solutions from scratch and enabling better resource management.

This approach not only saves time and money, but also ensures consistency and quality across the company’s digital products. In addition, operations can scale without a proportional increase in resources. Companies can respond more quickly to market changes and innovate more easily by spending less time on routine design and development tasks.

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Innovation and experimentation

Organisations often struggle with innovation limitations because resources and time are spent solving the same basic design and engineering problems over and over again. Instead of exploring new ideas and concepts, teams can get stuck in the routine of replicating solutions that already exist in other parts of the organisation.

A design system provides a stable, consistent and flexible base from which teams can draw. The availability and ease of combining basic components gives designers and developers greater freedom to explore creative and innovative solutions.

Organisations that can quickly iterate and innovate can more easily adapt to changing market conditions and customer expectations, enabling them to differentiate themselves. This approach also makes work more satisfying for the team – and attracts new talent who want to work in a place where they can make a real difference. Ultimately, companies that invest in a design system and use it effectively often see a significant increase in their innovation, leading to better financial results and a stronger market position.

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Although a design system is not a panacea for all business and design problems, its implementation can solve many of them, which in itself is a significant step forward. It enables companies not only to survive in a rapidly changing technological world, but also to achieve sustainable growth and innovation. Whether it’s improving product quality or managing resources more efficiently, a design system provides a solid foundation on which companies can build their future.

Małgorzata Dolińska-Amrozik - Product Designer

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