Growing businesses are going to get more complex. Complexity can create complications that could end up costing you money if you don’t use helpful tools such as a design system.
What is a Design System?
A design system is a series of tools or processes that are formulated to fit your company’s needs. Their purpose is to explore aspects of a company in an effective way.
As Adobe points out, “global brands and agencies require end-to-end advanced design systems to efficiently manage tools, brand assets, component libraries, documentation, and workflows according to their unique design truth.” The reason your company needs this is that it makes it easier for employees and contractors to communicate. It’s important to ensure that all information regarding the company’s overall design can be found with ease, which streamlines processes.
How Does a Design System Help Businesses?
The first thing that should be pointed out is that adopting a design system is going to make it possible for your company to save time. You’d be surprised how much time is wasted doing repetitive work. This system is going to make it easier for employees to use established components, giving them more time to do something else. That saved time can be used more productively.
Having a system that allows your employees or contractors to access established components creates consistency. The material in your system that can be used by others has been vetted with time, and that means you’ll be offering your employees or contractors quality components. The projects completed with this system is going to reach the level of quality you crave. What good are experiences if you cannot shed off mistakes and use what works for your company?
Each employee or contractor has the opportunity to improve on a specific component on your company. They can see that real progress is not only recorded but passed on to the rest of the team. This shows each person in your company that you’re the type of business that values input and is willing to make changes based on the right input. It gives employees an incentive to work harder or to think outside the box, which ultimately builds morale.
Every company has to hire new people at some point. Training takes time away from one of your seasoned employees, and that reduces their ability to work as effectively as they normally can. Now, there’s nothing you can do to stop this because you are going to need new people, but having a design system established makes all of this easier. It provides trainers with information they can pass on to new employees rather than teaching them everything. In essence, this system can be used by new employees to train themselves without taking too much time away from your employees, which saves money.
These are just some ways a design system can make things easier for your business and employees, but there’s so much more that it’s going to do for you. Do your best to get all of your employees up to speed when you finally decide to adopt the design system so that your entire organization can benefit from it.