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A comprehensive guide to creating, documenting, and maintaining design systems, and how to design systematically. An ideal book for web and product designers (of all levels) and especially in-house design teams.

Available to purchase at: https://designsystemfoundations.com

This is real talk about creating design systems and digital brand guidelines. No jargon, no glossing
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Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 2019 by Owl Studios
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Jan-paul
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forget all those random blogposts about design systems, just read this book and you'll learn everything you need to know.
Linzi Berry
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book lives up to it's title. If you are thinking of starting a design system, Andrew has put together wisdom from various companies and industry leaders to make sure you're on the right foot. I wish I had this book two years ago!
Matt Wilson
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read if you’re building a design system for the first time or the tenth time. Caldwell goes over all the parts of building, communicating, and maintaining a proper system and additionally provides real life examples of how he brought systemized thinking to the handful of organizations he has worked for in the past.
Milos Mirkovic
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read!

I follow Andrew's work for years now and I can say he is an expert in the field of systematic design. His articles on medium helped a lot building my first design system last year, and now, with this book on my side, I can't wait to see what I'll do next.

It's more than a book. It's a manual. The one you want to keep on your desk all the time.
David
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Plain language approach to leading cross functional DS initiatives. Great place to start
Kia Hanson
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: designers that are new to building a constrained design system
This is a great book with fantastic, clear information. This book has all the information you need to start the process of building a design system.

I'm a developer that has been heavily involved in building and implementing a design system at my employer for the past year. For context, we use React, Styled-System (I highly recommend for anyone building a React component library) and Styled Components to get the job done.

I picked up this book to see if I could gather any useful insights to bring
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I am still reading the book, but I must say that I’m very disappointed with the quality of print. For a book of this subject I would expect it to look way less cheaper inside. I advise buying the e-book only.
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Andrew Couldwell is a designer who codes, with over 15 years of experience. In recent years he’s led the design and creative direction of digital brands, products, and design systems at Adobe and WeWork, and has worked on digital design projects for the likes of Red Bull and NASA. He’s now a freelance web designer and developer. He’s also the founder and curator of Club of the Waves. Andrew is a ...more