Having a design system is very crucial for your project because it will correct any inconsistencies and other problems that may arise as you work on your project. Without a design system, it will be very hard to correct these problems because you don’t have a system in place. Also, having a design system is very important simply because it sets the overall tone of your work.
In our last article, we talked about how to build your own design system. Now, we are going to talk about some of the tools that you can use when building your own design system.
Just like with everything else, there are tools available for building a design system. After all, building a design system itself can prove to be a monumental task, just like building the actual project itself. So, having tools at your disposal can be very handy when building a design system.
For this article, we have picked the 5 best tools which can greatly help you in working on your design system.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
5 Best Tools for Design System
1) Sprint UI
Sprint UI is the latest project built and developed by Raw.Studio. Sprint UI is a plugin based design system that allows its users to easily create and recreate a design system in just a few clicks. In short, working with Sprint UI makes the entire load of working a design system easier, faster and more convenient.
Here are some of the interesting things that you will get when you get Sprint UI
- Sprint UI Plugin
- Over 700 components for your design system
- Resizable components
- Over 900 icons for your design use
- Typography and color guide
What separates Sprint UI from other design system tool is that, unlike other tools that are made to assist you in your work, Sprint UI does not only assist you in your work, but it actually covers the entire work of designing the design system itself!
2) Adobe XD
Adobe XD has a feature that allows you to save your work such as assets and other elements as cloud document. This allows you to quickly share your work with your collaborators in real-time and, in the same vein, you can also quickly access the work that your collaborators are doing.
You can bring in different elements in Adobe XD – colors, components, characters style, and more – from Adobe XD’s cloud document right to your local platform. Aside from that, and interestingly, in case someone made a change to the asset that you are working on, you will be notified in real-time and you will be asked if you want to accept the modification or not.
All of the assets available from Adobe XD’s cloud can be used in Adobe products such as Photoshop, Illustrator and other Adobe Creative Cloud apps. You can also upload any asset that you have made in Photoshop and Illustrator to Adobe XD’s cloud.
BuilderX is a tool that is used to translate component design into a code implementation for React. BuilderX can also automatically translate designs coming from Sketch into code implementation and have them exported to your own project. This is done through a Sketch import feature.
BuilderX is actually a relatively new tool for designers. However, you can get started and try out this tool so that you can first-handedly see and know how it works.
Other than this, there is little information about BuilderX so far. However, BuilderX is a promising tool because not only it can help you with your design system, but it can also improve the designer-developer workflow.
Storybook would prove be a very helpful tool once you begin working on your design system’s library.
This tool is a development environment tool used UI components. Basically, Storybook allows you to browse component libraries, view and test its elements, and if you want to work on something, it will also allow you to development that element or component.
Aside from these, what makes Storybook stand out is the simple fact that this tool allows you to neatly categorize your elements and components. This makes it very convenient on the part of the user. Also, this makes integration of elements into your different workflows and tools easier.
Bit is a famous platform when it comes to managing different components across different teams and projects. Bit is basically made and designed for components that are written in any JS framework – or even without a framework for that matter.
Aside from that, Bit allows you to build your very own components which you can upload to your team’s database for everyone’s use. Bit also has the ability to isolate components that come from various GitHub projects and export them in the bit.dev platform. Once that’s done, anyone in your team can get, work on and update the components you’ve exported.