Use of Design systems and Style guides - Survey

almost 5 years ago from , Product Designer

Hello community!

There is quite a hype train around the design systems lately. Dozens of articles were written already and many big name companies (and countries) had published their sexy design systems online. Some even argue this bunch of documentation and components will replace our jobs.

While design systems have proved they can help development teams achieving the product consistency dreamed by many of us, I am still not sure how well adopted these systems are, especially in small to mid size companies.

From what I see so far, the design systems are also still quite a wild west - not many best practices are really established. Only few common patterns we can observe.

We had prepared a Design system and style guides survey to try to make sense of this all. If you have couple spare minutes, I’ll be glad if you share me your experiences:


I'll be sharing the findings with you all here once we have enough answers.



  • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, almost 5 years ago

    I was very skeptical about living style guides. The concept make senses, but the hard thing was getting the client and team to buy in because it takes time. We finally got the green light after major project was completed. By the end of componentization, which took our team 6 months to complete. We reduce our css by whopping 86%, which was around 900,000 lines of code. This took our css files from 70kb to 7. I was just blown away.

    2 points