Web Design System

Centralizing UX Wizards’ design guidelines on the web.


UX Wizards is a design community for enthusiasts of all levels to share knowledge and grow together. This web design system project was made to centralize the group’s resources on the web and build out future content faster.We used the UX Wizards Brand Guide content and brought it into the Design System site as an MVP.

The project length was set to no more than 10 weeks with 3 iterations. 7 designers and developers joined the project. We worked together to decide on navigation style and page layout, then everyone was assigned a page to design and built. Having both developers and designers working together helped educate designers on development and developers on design.

Since everyone worked on a page individually, it was important to sync and review with the team throughout the project to ensure we remained consistent and standardized the layout, color, and style between us.


2021, 10 weeks


Design and Frontend Development


Seiko (self), Kaisen, Laura, Max, Sidney, Javier, Dhruv


Adobe XD, React, Github, Tailwind, Visual Studio Code


UX Wizards are planning to move the documentation, data and resources to the web in order to be more accessible and have a single source of truth. However, we didn’t have html and css reusable components which potentially created inconsistent and hard to maintain websites.


Create an MVP of the Web Design System which includes a developer guide, reusable html and css components, brand guidelines and graphics assets to make the future website development faster and consistent.

Logos and Icons pages

I created brand guide pages on Logos therefore I was assigned to the Logos and Icons page. Moreover, I’m the Design team lead, so familiar with the history of the assets.

This section is focused on the Logos and Icons page creation process.



I researched 2 things. First was navigation, interaction, and information structure which is utilized across pages. Second was the logo library and its organization.


I went through multiple design systems and my personal favorites were Atlassian and Polaris Shopify.

Both Atlassian and Polaris design system's layout are global navigation on top and sub navigation on left side. I was looking for the icon page in design systems’ sites and this layout is the fastest to reach the page.

One thing I wish these 2 sites had was both global navigation on top and side navigation that stayed even when you scrolled down to the end so that we don’t have to scroll up to switch pages.

Team layout decision is navigation on left

After the individual research, each team member did a 5 minute presentation to the team. The consensus was the team liked the navigation on the left side because you could scan through the categories easily. With the side navigation you only needed one or two clicks to take you to your desired page. We agreed on the website layout and moved on to the design phase.

Logo library

Most major company’s design systems have a standalone library website which includes logos, typography, illustrations and more. These pages have 2 main ways of downloading assets. Downloading by package with all the approved colors and formats or selecting one specific design or format type and downloading that.

The benefit of downloading a package is that those who need to download a selection of assets don't have to repeatedly download. However it can be wasteful for those who need only one particular item.

Download package per logotype:

Download individual item:


I made a quick sketch based on the research and team discussion.

Layout and the interaction design sketch

I added notes about how I wanted interaction to work on the layout sketch. I wanted the header and side navigation menus to stay on the page when scrolling on the site. When clicking a navigation item on the left navigation menu, a sub navigation menu appears underneath the clicked on item. When clicking a sub navigation item, it takes you to the selected item’s section.

Content sketch

The design system’s basic structure is title, description and image. The Logos and Iconography section follow this structure.

The Library section could have been a separate page but since there are not that many assets I just put it on the same page. I added an asset download card for each asset type, because I wanted users to be able to see all the items at a glance.

Each asset download card has a download button. This download button will download the package of assets that will include .png and .svg files of the selected logo style and all color options. We went with packaged downloads because this avoids having a long page and will be less maintenance when adding or removing items from the library.


We moved to a high fidelity digital mockup after the design idea became clear


To show the overall website interaction to the team, I created a prototype.


We had some workshops to learn basic coding and Github before we went to the development stage. One of our developers set up a site with a sample page. When building our own page, we referred to the sample page and filled it out with our own content. Small adjustments like font sizes, content width and colors were made to be more consistent across all pages.

The main tools we used were:

  • React & Material UI - Javascript framework
  • TailWind - Utility-first CSS framework
  • Github - Source control
  • Visual Studio Code - Text editor

4.Test & Review

Two weeks before launching, we had a team review and prioritized final tasks. Tasks were categorized to critical features and nice to have. Instead of focusing on small details, we decided to complete necessary features and launch before the due date. This worked well to understand how many critical tasks we left and the importance of tasks.

Final update before launching

A few small changes were made. The Wording Library was switched to Download to have a clearer message. The download icon button color was changed to the color “Acid Purple” (one of our brand color names). We standardized buttons and clickable links to be the color Acid Purple so that the download button followed the style set.


This project was completed in 10 weeks as scheduled and we deployed our first version on April 15, 2021.


Next Steps

We achieved our goal to build a Design System MVP based on the Brand Guide. The next step will be adding more components like buttons, input states and the spacing guides for the digital products.