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17 October 2017

Scaling design through hiring, without putting standards in place, is a myth. With every new hire, new ideas for color palettes, typography and patterns appear in the product, growing the inconsistency and increasing the maintenance cost. Every new hire increases the design entropy.

There’s only one way to stop the growth of the chaos. Committing to running a design system process. Gradual growth of a design system equals gradual decline in consistency and speed of software development.

Design scales. But it scales only with a design system.

A design system is a set of standards for design and code along with components that unify both practices. Think of it as the same instructions and Lego kit for everyone.