Building Design Systems

Unify User Experiences through a Shared Design Language

  • Sarrah Vesselov
  • Taurie Davis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 1-11
  3. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 13-23
  4. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 25-50
  5. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 51-62
  6. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 63-92
  7. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 93-109
  8. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 111-131
  9. Sarrah Vesselov, Taurie Davis
    Pages 133-139
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 141-144

About this book


Learn how to build a design system framed within the context of your specific business needs. This book guides you through the process of defining a design language that can be understood across teams, while also establishing communication strategies for how to sell your system to key stakeholders and other contributors.

With a defined set of components and guidelines, designers can focus their efforts on solving user needs rather than recreating elements and reinventing solutions. You'll learn how to use an interface inventory to surface inconsistencies and inefficient solutions, as well as how to establish a component library by documenting existing patterns and creating new ones. You'll also see how the creation of self-documenting styles and components will streamline your UX process.

Building Design Systems provides critical insights into how to set up a design system within your organization, measure the effectiveness of that system, and maintain it over time. You will develop the skills needed to approach your design process systematically, ensuring that your design system achieves the purpose of your organization, your product, and your team. 


design systems pattern library components design principles user experience UX user interface UI design thinking documentation atomic design usability accessibility design language component library style guides UI/UX design kit

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarrah Vesselov
    • 1
  • Taurie Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Dade CityUSA
  2. 2.PortlandUSA

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