From nothing to state of the art

- How we build design systems, for all!

Alexander Vassbotn Røyne-Helgesen

@phun-ky | @phun_ky | https://no.linkedin.com/in/alexanderroyne/en | Manager@Bekk

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A zero dependency package to show specifications on components in your design system documentation

A tool to visualize design token relations and inheritance

Responsive Documentation Examples (rde) enables you to fake and display your responsive components in real life media queries

With Demo, you can preview and update your component in real time

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Thank you for listening!

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The most developed design systems are the ideal of what we want our products to be — holistic, systematic and well-documented wonders.

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What is a Design System?

  1. Provides consistency in the visual design
  2. Acts like a single source of truth
  3. Enables quick onboarding
  4. Increases brand trust through unified brand experiences
  5. Increases speed of delivery from idea to production
  6. Creates a shared language between developers and designers
  7. Reduces redundancy
  8. Increases internal sharing
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A whole lotta moving parts

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Different cultures and siloes

Majority of developers are backend developers

Majority of designers are interaction designers

Most teams do not have a dedicated frontend or designer

All preprocessor techs are used, including vanilla CSS

A plethora of frameworks and CMSes

But some teams just stick with the basics

Who would consume the design system?

Plattform/framework agnostic

Support all preprocessors

Framework agnostic JS

Start with the basics

@ids-core

@ids-js

@ids-wc

@ids-react

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Design tokens

... is a central location to store design related information such as colors, fonts, animations and so on. These raw values can then be transformed and be formatted to fit the needs of any platform.

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Serve all plattforms, and use design tokens in tools

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Serve all

ALL

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Talk about the same thing, with the same wording

1: We use the $ids-color-blue-100 here
2: Здесь мы используем $ids-color-blue-100
3: Vi bruker $ids-color-blue-100 her
4: Šeit tiek izmantota $ids-color-blue-100
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import { DesignToken } from '@microsoft/fast-foundation';
import {IDS_COLOR_BLUE_100} from '@ids-core/color/src/variables/js/variables.js'

export const accentColor = DesignToken.create<string>('accent-color');

const primaryButton = document.querySelector('my-element') as FASTElement;

accentColor.setValueFor(primaryButton, IDS_COLOR_BLUE_100);
import React from 'react';
import {IDS_COLOR_BLUE_100} from '@ids-core/color/src/variables/js/variables.js'

const Button = ({...props}) => (
  <button
    …
    style={{
      backgroundColor: IDS_COLOR_BLUE_100
    }}
  >…</button>
)
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@import '@ids-core/color/src/variables/less/variables.less';

a {
  color: @ids-color-accent; /* #0054f0 */
}
@import '@ids-core/color/src/variables/scss/variables.scss';

a {
  color: $ids-color-accent; /* #0054f0 */
}
@require '@ids-core/color/src/variables/stylus/variables.styl'

a
  color $ids-color-accent /* #0054f0 */
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Microcopy

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{
  "ids": {
    "copy": {
      "personalia": {
        "gender": {
          "en": {
            "value": "gender"
          },
          "no": {
            "value": "kjønn"
          },
          "sv": {
            "value": "kön"
          },
          "da": {
            "value": "køn"
          },
          "fi": {
            "value": "sukupuoli"
          },
          "et": {
            "value": "sugu"
          },
          "lv": {
            "value": "dzimums"
          },
          "lt": {
            "value": "lytis"
          },
          "ru": {
            "value": "пол"
          },
          "kl": {
            "value": ""
          }
        }
      }
    }
  }
}
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What about the non-tech consumers?

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Copy and content guidelines derived from brand

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Accessibility

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A website is not necessarily universally designed, even though it is in line with the current requirements and guidelines
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$ratio = 7

getCorrectContrastColor($bgcolor)
  if(contrast($bgcolor, $white).ratio > $ratio){
    color $white
  } else if(contrast($bgcolor, $darkerGrey).ratio > $ratio){
    color $darkerGrey
  } else {
    color $darkerSlate
  }
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Documentation

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Thank you for listening!

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Alexander Vassbotn Røyne-Helgesen

@phun-ky | @phun_ky | https://no.linkedin.com/in/alexanderroyne/en | Manager@Bekk

From nothing to state of the art, how we build design systems, for all!

By Alexander Vassbotn Røyne-Helgesen

From nothing to state of the art, how we build design systems, for all!

This talk deals with how we build design systems at the current client, and how we got to where we are now. We look at the needs of all types of personas / consumers of the design system and how a design system helps with development, a11y, business knowledge and content. Are you a content manager or a developer? A design system is both for you and for the end user!

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