Jan 20, 2021
Should startups build a design system?
Design system is cool.
It was a hot topic – maybe it still is.
For startups, design system is won’t be on the top priority. Especially if the startup is still looking for the product-market fit, the whole team should focus on that, discovering how to deliver value for the users to help gain momentum and hopefully have sustainable growth.
Business is ultimately about four things: Increase revenue, protect revenue, reduce cost, and avoid the cost.
Design system is mostly about reducing cost. It also avoids cost from the inefficiency of design debt and tech debt. But for a startup, the cost is not as high as a large tech company. So, consider holding the temptation to follow the cool kids on the block. Focus on what matters for your context.
So when would a startup start to consider a design system? What do you think?
(P.S. If you’ve been waiting for the next impostor syndrome post, I’m still working on it.)
If you are working in a startup and things are still uncertain.— Budi Tanrim ✏️ (@buditanrim) January 20, 2021
Probably.... hold that eagerness to build design systems.
Help the company to find the product-market-fit first.
(Before the company run out of cash and shut down itself.)