Design Systems 101

Get your team familiar with design systems and try its basic processes

1-day workshop for designers, project owners/managers and developers who would like to widen their perspective. During the workshop, the participants get an introduction into the concept of design systems, study the existing solutions and apply them in the context of their company/project. The workshop exercises offer to practice basic design processes when creating and maintaining your own design system.

Ever wondered what is a design system and how is it different to a component library? Or how to introduce a design system to your product or organisation? This one day workshop will help your multi-disciplinary team of designers, developers, and project managers to get familiar with design systems, find design-related issues in your product, and understand how to work around them by improving product-related communication.

During this workshop participants will get a hands-on experience with basic design processes while creating and maintaining their own design system. You'll learn how following these processes helps with establishing a well documented universal design language which reflects a shared understanding of the brand and translates into the design-system implementation in code and design tools.

With the knowledge of communicational practises and modern design and developer's tools you too should be able to introduce a design system in your company and star working smarter, not harder.

Workshop contains

  • Introduction to the topic of design systems;
  • Analyze! Naming exercise
  • Analyze! UI inventory
  • Execute! Parts of design system
  • Maintain! Pattern Journey

This workshop run at React Finland 2020 online.

Hands-on workshop for you

This workshop is available in both online and offline versions. When run for your company, it can (and must) be tuned to respond your specific needs. If you are interested in such kind of workshop tailored for your organization, feel free to email me to I am also open to run similar workshops at design or development conferences.

You can hire me to set up, manage, develop, and champion your design system. I can align the design and development processes in your organisation for a larger business impact.

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