A design library is a collection of guidelines and standards that describe a design system and maybe template assets to go with it. Creating a library for an experience of any scale is no trivial matter. It’s not like you open up a code editor, chop things up, throw a ZIP file to some marketer and say, “Here you go. Enjoy!” You’ve got to have a plan.
So, let’s assume you’ve done due diligence: your design system is stable and mature, and you’ve answered all the right questions to justify the effort. You are ready to get started.
What is the Process?
The process of creating a library involves many different activities across four sequential phases:
Analyze: understanding what it is, how it fits into your process, and what it’ll contain.
Assemble: building it, including documentation, template assets, and how you’ll publish them.
Adopt: communicating and getting everyone onboard.
Adapt: administering & evolving it over time, through successive releases.
Once you’ve broken down the plan into four chunks, it’s easier to focus the conversation on specifics: individual activities that may be obvious (documenting guidelines) and what’s not (oh, yeah, you’re right, I need a communications plan!).
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