One of the first steps in creating a design system is to conduct an interface inventory. An interface inventory gives us a categorized overview of which components make up our digital product.
Benefits of an interface inventory:
Establish which core features in the user journey should be prioritized, clarify ownership and team communication, agree on criteria and a toolset.
Go over different user interface pattern types: functional, perceptual, platform-specific, domain-specific, persuasive.
Divide and categorize screenshots of core features of your web interface by functional categories (e.g. buttons, forms, navigation, typography, lists) and intended use.
Discuss naming as a shared language and mental model. We will go over naming conventions and practice naming interface components.
Share and discuss our findings and rationale, as well as which patterns we would keep, merge, and discard.
We'll share crucial steps that help us succeed when transitioning an organization to a design system.
Interface inventories are a key first step to create alignment and advocate transitioning to using design patterns in an organization. To get the most out of this workshop, bring in a cross-disciplinary team – we encourage people from every department that builds your product to join. Designers, developers, project managers, business owners, QA – are all welcome.
Director of Product Design
Linda is a multidisciplinary designer with 10+ years of experience building digital products for B2B and SaaS. She has helped companies develop their brands, products' User experience, design strategy and lead teams of other designers.
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