A design system does more than give you a reference for how your product will look. It unites teams around a common visual language. It reduces design debt, accelerates the design process by helping you focus on solving the right problems rather than what it will look like, and builds bridges between teams working in in isolation to bring products to life.
The problem with designing something bespoke is that you can have as lots of people working on it thinking it will make the process faster. Unfortunately, the reality is bespoke design simply doesn’t scale. This way of designing products is slow, inconsistent, and increasingly difficult to maintain over time.
Design systems enable teams to build better products faster by making reusable components, with both design and code! This is what makes it possible to scale. Being able to scale is the heart and primary value of design systems. As your team grows, how do your design principles and continuity with your product grow with it?
A design system is a collection of reusable components, guided by clear standards, that can be assembled together to build any number of applications.