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A 90-day Live COhort to help teams get a design system up and running by the second half of 2024 (H2 2024).

Starts Feb 13.

A 90-day Live COhort to help teams get a design system up and running by the second half of 2024 (H2 2024).

Starts Feb 13.

A 90-day Live COhort to help teams get a design system up and running by the second half of 2024 (H2 2024).

Starts Feb 13.

A 90-day Live COhort to help teams get a design system up and running by the second half of 2024 (H2 2024).

Starts Feb 13.

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No more design system graveyards

You’re a design, engineering, or product leader, working at an enterprise organization on its second or third attempt at a design system that truly powers all of its digital products. In the first few tries, perhaps you ended up with some great libraries that just didn’t get used as much as you’d hoped. (We call those “design system graveyards.”).


Six months of work down the drain. Now, it seems like enthusiasm for the idea of a design system is fizzling out and your leadership wants to reallocate your design system team to other projects.

Create a design system that product teams love to use

Create a design system that product teams love to use

Create a design system that product teams love to use

Create a design system that product teams love to use

It still feels within your grasp: a set of shared components all teams start with as an established part of their workflow.


  • All the products look like they’re part of the same brand family and design language.

  • All the engineers use similar code conventions and approaches; no more wasted meeting time and Slack threads deciding “what we should name this component.”

  • Every team saves few weeks of work at minimum, because 80% of their product’s interface elements come from the design system, ready to rock. A few weeks of work becomes a few hours. A few hours of work becomes a few minutes.


They’re free to innovate, to solve more impactful business problems because they’re not custom-building yet another datepicker for the fifth time.


When the big rebrand or technology migration eventually comes around, you’d be ready. Change will be relatively painless, because you’ll be able to make modifications in one place that cascade out to every product with a few simple build commands.


If this is your first time marching toward this utopia, it can feel like stumbling around in the dark, messing up more than succeeding. You’re unknowingly headed toward yet another design system graveyard because you don’t know the steps, the process, the sequence.


You can create a design system in a way that involves your customers—really, your community—from the start. You’ll no longer feel behind, like you have to catch up and rein in the teams that can’t help but deviate from the system because there’s not enough of it there for them yet. Instead of policing other teams to keep them in line with the standards, your team becomes the one that propels them to boost the quality of their work.


It’s doable! Companies like Shopify, IBM, Lyft, REI, Atlassian, Microsoft, and more are living this reality. You can too.

It still feels within your grasp: a set of shared components all teams start with as an established part of their workflow.


  • All the products look like they’re part of the same brand family and design language.

  • All the engineers use similar code conventions and approaches; no more wasted meeting time and Slack threads deciding “what we should name this component.”

  • Every team saves few weeks of work at minimum, because 80% of their product’s interface elements come from the design system, ready to rock. A few weeks of work becomes a few hours. A few hours of work becomes a few minutes.


They’re free to innovate, to solve more impactful business problems because they’re not custom-building yet another datepicker for the fifth time.


When the big rebrand or technology migration eventually comes around, you’d be ready. Change will be relatively painless, because you’ll be able to make modifications in one place that cascade out to every product with a few simple build commands.


If this is your first time marching toward this utopia, it can feel like stumbling around in the dark, messing up more than succeeding. You’re unknowingly headed toward yet another design system graveyard because you don’t know the steps, the process, the sequence.


You can create a design system in a way that involves your customers—really, your community—from the start. You’ll no longer feel behind, like you have to catch up and rein in the teams that can’t help but deviate from the system because there’s not enough of it there for them yet. Instead of policing other teams to keep them in line with the standards, your team becomes the one that propels them to boost the quality of their work.


It’s doable! Companies like Shopify, IBM, Lyft, REI, Atlassian, Microsoft, and more are living this reality. You can too.

Design system teams and product teams should be BFFs.

People from these companies and more have gone through this program

Know what to do each and every day

Know what to do each and every day

The key is focusing relentlessly on adoption from Day 1 by systematically and intentionally including members of your team at every single stage of the process. Hold that as the focus for every activity you do by clearly understanding what teams need in a design system. Iterate on it constantly and smartly in a way that scales and sticks.


This “Design System in 90 Days” program will show your team exactly how to do that, every day from Day 1 to Day 90. The activities here come from years of workshopping this sequence. It’s a proven process that, when repeated over the next 90 days and beyond, plants seeds that can blossom into a healthy design system practice. These steps have helped many enterprise teams to create digital products efficiently, consistently, and in a way that can be a lot of dang fun!

The key is focusing relentlessly on adoption from Day 1 by systematically and intentionally including members of your team at every single stage of the process. Hold that as the focus for every activity you do by clearly understanding what teams need in a design system. Iterate on it constantly and smartly in a way that scales and sticks.


This “Design System in 90 Days” program will show your team exactly how to do that, every day from Day 1 to Day 90. The activities here come from years of workshopping this sequence. It’s a proven process that, when repeated over the next 90 days and beyond, plants seeds that can blossom into a healthy design system practice. These steps have helped many enterprise teams to create digital products efficiently, consistently, and in a way that can be a lot of dang fun!

Whaddya mean “Design System?”

Whaddya mean “Design System?”

Whaddya mean “Design System?”

Whaddya mean “Design System?”

Good point! Lots of things can accurately be considered a design system.

Here are six things you might have encountered before as a design system:

Good point! Lots of things can accurately be considered a design system. Here are six things you might have encountered before as a design system:

Good point! Lots of things can accurately be considered a design system.

Here are six things you might have encountered before as a design system:

Good point! Lots of things can accurately be considered a design system.

Here are six things you might have encountered before as a design system:

01

A visual language or brand identity

A design system can refer to the combined elements of a visual language, like colors, typography, illustration style, etc. These usually come with guidelines on how and how not to use them to capture a brand essence.

A visual language or brand identity

A design system can refer to the combined elements of a visual language, like colors, typography, illustration style, etc. These usually come with guidelines on how and how not to use them to capture a brand essence.

A visual language or brand identity

A design system can refer to the combined elements of a visual language, like colors, typography, illustration style, etc. These usually come with guidelines on how and how not to use them to capture a brand essence.

A visual language or brand identity

A design system can refer to the combined elements of a visual language, like colors, typography, illustration style, etc. These usually come with guidelines on how and how not to use them to capture a brand essence.

02

A tool

Design system tools are usually collections of elements that designers and engineers can use as part of their day-to-day work. Figma UI Kits and component libraries in code are common examples of design system tools.

A tool

Design system tools are usually collections of elements that designers and engineers can use as part of their day-to-day work. Figma UI Kits and component libraries in code are common examples of design system tools.

A tool

Design system tools are usually collections of elements that designers and engineers can use as part of their day-to-day work. Figma UI Kits and component libraries in code are common examples of design system tools.

A tool

Design system tools are usually collections of elements that designers and engineers can use as part of their day-to-day work. Figma UI Kits and component libraries in code are common examples of design system tools.

03

A product

Design system products are some of the most popular kind in tech. These usually have a dedicated team, a backlog of work, and customers. Google’s Material Design and Shopify’s Polaris are examples of design system products.

A product

Design system products are some of the most popular kind in tech. These usually have a dedicated team, a backlog of work, and customers. Google’s Material Design and Shopify’s Polaris are examples of design system products.

A product

Design system products are some of the most popular kind in tech. These usually have a dedicated team, a backlog of work, and customers. Google’s Material Design and Shopify’s Polaris are examples of design system products.

A product

Design system products are some of the most popular kind in tech. These usually have a dedicated team, a backlog of work, and customers. Google’s Material Design and Shopify’s Polaris are examples of design system products.

04

A process

Design systems don’t necessarily need to be tangible artifacts. Processes like Double Diamond or Design Sprints can be useful design systems.

A process

Design systems don’t necessarily need to be tangible artifacts. Processes like Double Diamond or Design Sprints can be useful design systems.

A process

Design systems don’t necessarily need to be tangible artifacts. Processes like Double Diamond or Design Sprints can be useful design systems.

A process

Design systems don’t necessarily need to be tangible artifacts. Processes like Double Diamond or Design Sprints can be useful design systems.

05

A service

A design system can be a group of people, tasked or hired to perform design for a team or organization. That can be an in-house group, an external agency, an innovation lab, etc.

A service

A design system can be a group of people, tasked or hired to perform design for a team or organization. That can be an in-house group, an external agency, an innovation lab, etc.

A service

A design system can be a group of people, tasked or hired to perform design for a team or organization. That can be an in-house group, an external agency, an innovation lab, etc.

A service

A design system can be a group of people, tasked or hired to perform design for a team or organization. That can be an in-house group, an external agency, an innovation lab, etc.

06

A practice

Design system practices combine all the previous types into shared and repeated organizational habits that help ship digital products to customers in the best possible way a company can.

A practice

Design system practices combine all the previous types into shared and repeated organizational habits that help ship digital products to customers in the best possible way a company can.

A practice

Design system practices combine all the previous types into shared and repeated organizational habits that help ship digital products to customers in the best possible way a company can.

A practice

Design system practices combine all the previous types into shared and repeated organizational habits that help ship digital products to customers in the best possible way a company can.

Watch “What is a Design System?” 👆

Watch “What is a Design System?” 👆

Watch “What is a Design System?” 👆

In this program, “design system” refers to a practice.


A designer and engineer can create design system languages and tools on their own in as quickly as a week or two. If you’re looking primarily to learn make a design system in Figma or code, this program is overkill for that.


But creating a design system practice requires all disciplines—design, engineering, product, content, QA, strategy, analytics, UX, and more—to work together in a concerted, streamlined fashion. It takes most organizations at least 90 days to pull together this orchestra and conduct them to play a beautiful symphony together.


For most digital organizations, trying to create a design system practice may be one of the first times they’ve ever tried to organize a cross-disciplinary effort of this scale. Because of this, most of them learn by failing more than they do succeeding. We’ve pulled together all of our design system experience and best practices in this program to help your team avoid the pitfalls you might not even know lie ahead.


When you’re going somewhere new, it helps to have a map.

In this program, “design system” refers to a practice.


A designer and engineer can create design system languages and tools on their own in as quickly as a week or two. If you’re looking primarily to learn make a design system in Figma or code, this program is overkill for that.


But creating a design system practice requires all disciplines—design, engineering, product, content, QA, strategy, analytics, UX, and more—to work together in a concerted, streamlined fashion. It takes most organizations at least 90 days to pull together this orchestra and conduct them to play a beautiful symphony together.


For most digital organizations, trying to create a design system practice may be one of the first times they’ve ever tried to organize a cross-disciplinary effort of this scale. Because of this, most of them learn by failing more than they do succeeding. We’ve pulled together all of our design system experience and best practices in this program to help your team avoid the pitfalls you might not even know lie ahead.


When you’re going somewhere new, it helps to have a map.

Watch a Sample Class

Watch a Sample Class

Watch a Sample Class

Watch a Sample Class

Curious about what goes on in each session? Watch a snippet of an actual cohort lesson.

Curious about what goes on in each session? Watch a snippet of an actual cohort lesson.

Curious about what goes on in each session?

Watch a snippet of an actual cohort lesson.

Curious about what goes on in each session? Watch a snippet of an actual cohort lesson.

Class Structure

Class Structure

Class Structure

Review prior week’s Activities + progress

Review prior week’s Activities + progress

15 minutes

12:00pm–12:15pm

New lesson

45 minutes

45 minutes

12:15pm–1:00pm

12:15pm–1:00pm

Open discussion + Q&A

Open discussion + Q&A

30 minutes

30 minutes

1:00pm–1:30pm

1:00pm–1:30pm

If you’ve ever wondered about a good process for making a design system, this is a great starting point!

If you’ve ever wondered about a good process for making a design system, this is a great starting point!

If you’ve ever wondered about a good process for making a design system, this is a great starting point!

Afyia Smith, Design System Manager, Epic Games

Afyia Smith, Design System Manager, Epic Games

Afyia Smith, Design System Manager, Epic Games

Audience & Time Commitment

Audience & Time Commitment

“Design System in 90 Days” is a program for design system teams at enterprise organizations working full-time with busy schedules. That said, maintaining a design system practice is a commitment, and so is the work to set it up. Transformation takes patience, hard work, and active participation.


Design systems are a team sport. The activities in this program are designed for a cross-disciplinary design system team of 3–8 people working 20–30 hours per week to complete together over a 90-day timeframe.

“Design System in 90 Days” is a program for design system teams at enterprise organizations working full-time with busy schedules. That said, maintaining a design system practice is a commitment, and so is the work to set it up. Transformation takes patience, hard work, and active participation.


Design systems are a team sport. The activities in this program are designed for a cross-disciplinary design system team of 3–8 people working 20–30 hours per week to complete together over a 90-day timeframe.

“Design System in 90 Days” is a program for design system teams at enterprise organizations working full-time with busy schedules. That said, maintaining a design system practice is a commitment, and so is the work to set it up. Transformation takes patience, hard work, and active participation.


Design systems are a team sport. The activities in this program are designed for a cross-disciplinary design system team of 3–8 people working 20–30 hours per week to complete together over a 90-day timeframe.

Monday

Read through the week’s activities and articles

Read through the week’s activities and articles

Read through the week’s activities and articles

Read through the week’s activities and articles

Tuesday

Live cohort & working session

Live cohort & working session

Live cohort & working session

Live cohort & working session

Online at 12pm ET each week

Online at 12pm ET each week

Online at 12pm ET each week

Online at 12pm ET each week

Wednesday

Wednesday – Friday

Work independently on activities

Work independently on activities

Work independently on activities

Work independently on activities

Thursday

Friday

If you’re a one-person design system team, you may find the activities in this program too overwhelming for you to do on your own.


If you’re a freelancer or work at an agency, you may find the activities in this program a bit irrelevant to how you work with design systems for your clients. You may be better suited to wait for our upcoming “Design Systems for Freelancers, Studios, and Agencies” course (no release date schedule yet).

If you’re a one-person design system team, you may find the activities in this program too overwhelming for you to do on your own.


If you’re a freelancer or work at an agency, you may find the activities in this program a bit irrelevant to how you work with design systems for your clients. You may be better suited to wait for our upcoming “Design Systems for Freelancers, Studios, and Agencies” course (no release date schedule yet).

If you’re a one-person design system team, you may find the activities in this program too overwhelming for you to do on your own.


If you’re a freelancer or work at an agency, you may find the activities in this program a bit irrelevant to how you work with design systems for your clients. You may be better suited to wait for our upcoming “Design Systems for Freelancers, Studios, and Agencies” course (no release date schedule yet).

Syllabus &

Program Schedule

Syllabus & Program Schedule

Syllabus & Program Schedule

Syllabus & Program Schedule

Orientation Week

Orientation Week

Week of Monday, February 5, 2024 (independent work)

Week of Monday, February 5, 2024 (independent work)

  • Watch design system primer videos (2 hours)

  • Prepare working materials

  • Watch design system primer videos (2 hours)

  • Prepare working materials

“Design System Team: Assemble!”

“Design System Team: Assemble!”

Session 1 — Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Session 1 — Tuesday, February 13, 2024

  • Assemble the North Star

  • Assemble Design and Code Assets for Audit

  • Create an Influence Map

  • Collect Feature Teams’ Roadmaps

  • Identify Existing Paradigms in Design and Code

  • Assemble the North Star

  • Assemble Design and Code Assets for Audit

  • Create an Influence Map

  • Collect Feature Teams’ Roadmaps

  • Identify Existing Paradigms in Design and Code

“Identifying & Interviewing”

“Identifying & Interviewing”

Session 2 — Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Session 2 — Tuesday, February 20, 2024

  • Interview Potential Design System Customers

  • Identify Potential Pilot Teams

  • Schedule Pilot Product Walkthroughs

  • Identify Key Stakeholders and Schedule Interviews

  • Identify Emerging and Interesting Paradigms in Design and Code

  • Visualize Your Ecosystem of Tools and Technologies

  • Interview End Users

  • Interview Stakeholders

  • Conduct Pilot Team Walkthroughs

  • Create New Design System Repository and Package

  • Interview Potential Design System Customers

  • Identify Potential Pilot Teams

  • Schedule Pilot Product Walkthroughs

  • Identify Key Stakeholders and Schedule Interviews

  • Identify Emerging and Interesting Paradigms in Design and Code

  • Visualize Your Ecosystem of Tools and Technologies

  • Interview End Users

  • Interview Stakeholders

  • Conduct Pilot Team Walkthroughs

  • Create New Design System Repository and Package

“Empathy & Collaboration”

“Empathy & Collaboration”

Session 3 — Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Session 3 — Tuesday, February 27, 2024

  • Set Up Public Workshop Environment with Branch Deploys

  • Teach HTML & CSS to Designers

  • Teach Figma to Engineers

  • Set Up Public Workshop Environment with Branch Deploys

  • Teach HTML & CSS to Designers

  • Teach Figma to Engineers

“Prepping for Practice”

“Prepping for Practice”

Session 4 — Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Session 4 — Tuesday, March 5, 2024

  • Teach Git to Designers

  • Teach Storybook to Designers

  • Practice Hot Potato

  • Join Pilot Teams’ Sprint Planning Sessions

  • Practice with an Existing Design System

  • Teach Git to Designers

  • Teach Storybook to Designers

  • Practice Hot Potato

  • Join Pilot Teams’ Sprint Planning Sessions

  • Practice with an Existing Design System

“Scrimmage”

“Scrimmage”

Session 5 — Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Session 5 — Tuesday, March 12, 2024

  • Conduct a Practice Pilot

  • Create a Glossary of Shared Vocabulary

  • Identify 3 Initial Components to Pilot

  • Conduct a Practice Pilot

  • Create a Glossary of Shared Vocabulary

  • Identify 3 Initial Components to Pilot

Break week

Break week

March 18–22, 2024

March 18–22, 2024

“Operationalize Product Work”

“Operationalize Product Work”

Session 6 — Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Session 6 — Tuesday, March 26, 2024

  • Synthesize Themes & Insights from Stakeholder Interviews

  • Send First Stakeholder Update

  • Create Design System Coverage Map

  • Set Up Slack Channel for Design System Conversation

  • Create Reference Website

  • Create Component Implementation Roadmap

  • Propose Collaboration Plan to Pilot Teams

  • Abstract Component Through Hot Potato

  • Synthesize Themes & Insights from Stakeholder Interviews

  • Send First Stakeholder Update

  • Create Design System Coverage Map

  • Set Up Slack Channel for Design System Conversation

  • Create Reference Website

  • Create Component Implementation Roadmap

  • Propose Collaboration Plan to Pilot Teams

  • Abstract Component Through Hot Potato

“First Design System Contribution”

“First Design System Contribution”

Session 7 — Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Session 7 — Tuesday, April 2, 2024

  • Share In-Progress Component Abstraction Work with Pilot Teams

  • Iterate on Component Through Hot Potato

  • Chronicle the Process

  • Issue Pull Request to Contribute Newly Abstracted Component

  • Share In-Progress Component Abstraction Work with Pilot Teams

  • Iterate on Component Through Hot Potato

  • Chronicle the Process

  • Issue Pull Request to Contribute Newly Abstracted Component

“Share the Good News”

“Share the Good News”

Session 8 — Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Session 8 — Tuesday, April 9, 2024

  • Usability Test Component with Pilot Teams

  • Final Iteration on Component

  • Send Stakeholder Update

  • Extract 3 Overarching Principles

  • Create a List of Potential Design System Names

  • Usability Test Component with Pilot Teams

  • Final Iteration on Component

  • Send Stakeholder Update

  • Extract 3 Overarching Principles

  • Create a List of Potential Design System Names

“It’s Marketing Time”

“It’s Marketing Time”

Session 9 — Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Session 9 — Tuesday, April 16, 2024

  • Create Design System Logo v1

  • Add “Design System Office Hours” to Calendar

  • Make Design System Swag

  • Send Slack Post about Component #1

  • Host “Systems Week”

  • Send Design System Name and Logo Finalists to Brand & Legal Team

  • Repeat Activities 34–40 for Component #2

  • Create Design System Logo v1

  • Add “Design System Office Hours” to Calendar

  • Make Design System Swag

  • Send Slack Post about Component #1

  • Host “Systems Week”

  • Send Design System Name and Logo Finalists to Brand & Legal Team

  • Repeat Activities 34–40 for Component #2

Break week

Break week

April 22–26, 2024

April 22–26, 2024

“Rinse & Repeat: Component #2”

“Rinse & Repeat: Component #2”

Session 10 — Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Session 10 — Tuesday, April 30, 2024

  • Working on Component #2

  • Open discussion, show and tell, and Q&A

  • Working on Component #2

  • Open discussion, show and tell, and Q&A

“Rinse & Repeat: Component #3”

“Rinse & Repeat: Component #3”

Session 11 — Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Session 11 — Tuesday, May 7, 2024

  • Working on Component #3

  • Open discussion, show and tell, and Q&A

  • Working on Component #3

  • Open discussion, show and tell, and Q&A

“Launch!”

“Launch!”

Session 12 — Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Session 12 — Tuesday, May 14, 2024

  • Release Design System v1.0.0!

  • Celebrate!

  • Open discussion, show and tell, Q&A, and send-off

  • Release Design System v1.0.0!

  • Celebrate!

  • Open discussion, show and tell, Q&A, and send-off

The right balance of specifics and flexibility that you can use to uplevel the impact and influence of a design system team in a focused amount of time. I highly recommend it for both folks that are just starting a system and for design system veterans.”

Kelly Harrop

UX Engineering Lead, Intuit Design System

The right balance of specifics and flexibility that you can use to uplevel the impact and influence of a design system team in a focused amount of time. I highly recommend it for both folks that are just starting a system and for design system veterans.”

Kelly Harrop

UX Engineering Lead, Intuit Design System

One thing that stood out was chronicling how decisions are made. All these design systems that we admire: no one’s doing that.”

Lee Delgado

Design Consultant

One thing that stood out was chronicling how decisions are made. All these design systems that we admire: no one’s doing that.”

Lee Delgado

Design Consultant

Systems have dependencies and once you break one of those dependencies, it’s not part of the system anymore. That really resonated with me. We thought our design system lived in Figma, but technically Figma wasn’t dependent on the code. That really opened my eyes to how disconnected the work was and also our team. This cohort brought us together.”

Malika Chatlapalli

Product Designer, Obama Foundation

Systems have dependencies and once you break one of those dependencies, it’s not part of the system anymore. That really resonated with me. We thought our design system lived in Figma, but technically Figma wasn’t dependent on the code. That really opened my eyes to how disconnected the work was and also our team. This cohort brought us together.”

Malika Chatlapalli

Product Designer, Obama Foundation

I feel like I’ve used some of these as therapy sessions. One of the biggest things that’s been useful is to pull those insights in and translate them directly into process changes.”

Oliver Engel

Senior Product Designer, Handshake

I feel like I’ve used some of these as therapy sessions. One of the biggest things that’s been useful is to pull those insights in and translate them directly into process changes.”

Oliver Engel

Senior Product Designer, Handshake

These steps are great for any point on the journey to recenter your design system team and focus on connections to product.”

Darian Rosebrook

Design Systems Lead

These steps are great for any point on the journey to recenter your design system team and focus on connections to product.”

Darian Rosebrook

Design Systems Lead

We’ve had a few breakthroughs with some stakeholders who were previously not as open to conversations like this before. It was a good learning for us to do and push to reach out beyond our product technology team.”

Panama Marquand

Product Manager, Obama Foundation

We’ve had a few breakthroughs with some stakeholders who were previously not as open to conversations like this before. It was a good learning for us to do and push to reach out beyond our product technology team.”

Panama Marquand

Product Manager, Obama Foundation

An amazing playbook that you can run at your own pace whether you are just starting up your design systems practice or looking to formalize aspects of it.”

Davy Fung

Product Designer, Design Systems, Meta

An amazing playbook that you can run at your own pace whether you are just starting up your design systems practice or looking to formalize aspects of it.”

Davy Fung

Product Designer, Design Systems, Meta

The real aha moment for me was sending the first stakeholder update and getting all the like amazingly positive feedback. It’s not a secret anymore. They know about it and they love these updates and that communication and transparency has been one of the biggest shifts for the group.”

Elizabeth Schinazi

UX Design Lead, Scholastic

The real aha moment for me was sending the first stakeholder update and getting all the like amazingly positive feedback. It’s not a secret anymore. They know about it and they love these updates and that communication and transparency has been one of the biggest shifts for the group.”

Elizabeth Schinazi

UX Design Lead, Scholastic

It’s so practical it feels like a combination between a workshop & consulting… only YOU get to choose the pacing.”

Sara Soueidan

Independent inclusive design engineer

It’s so practical it feels like a combination between a workshop & consulting… only YOU get to choose the pacing.”

Sara Soueidan

Independent inclusive design engineer

Before this cohort, I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas back and that has completely changed. I have found that working with the design team is not just helpful but it’s actually really enjoyable and it’s changed my perspective on my job.”

Chris Salmon

Software Developer, BOK Financial

Before this cohort, I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas back and that has completely changed. I have found that working with the design team is not just helpful but it’s actually really enjoyable and it’s changed my perspective on my job.”

Chris Salmon

Software Developer, BOK Financial

Learn directly from Dan for 12 weeks!

Learn directly from Dan for 12 weeks!

Your

Instructor

Your

Instructor

Your

Instructor

Your

Instructor

Dan Mall is a seasoned teacher, coach, consultant, creative director, and designer with 25 years of industry experience. He previously ran design systems consultancy SuperFriendly for a decade and has taught design systems to thousands of people from companies like Meta, Google, Shopify, Nike, Amazon, Netflix, Eventbrite, and more.


Dan lives just outside Philly with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. He learned how to swim last year and is down to about 40 pairs of sneakers in regular rotation (mostly Air Jordan 1s).

Dan Mall is a seasoned teacher, coach, consultant, creative director, and designer with 25 years of industry experience. He previously ran design systems consultancy SuperFriendly for a decade and has taught design systems to thousands of people from companies like Meta, Google, Shopify, Nike, Amazon, Netflix, Eventbrite, and more.


Dan lives just outside Philly with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. He learned how to swim last year and is down to about 40 pairs of sneakers in regular rotation (mostly Air Jordan 1s).

Refund policy


We offer a full refund, no questions asked, until the third week of the cohort. That gives you three weeks to participate and make sure it’s for you. No refunds will be given after February 27 at 11:59pm ET.

Invoices


Receipts will be emailed for every purchase of a cohort seat. No additional invoices will be issued.

Invoices


Receipts will be emailed for every purchase of a cohort seat. No additional invoices will be issued.

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Non-profits need design systems too.

Non-profits need design systems too.

Does your company do something amazing for the world? We’ll choose a non-profit team to gift 3 seats to for this cohort. Apply by Friday, January 20 at 11:59pm Eastern and we’ll let you know by Monday, January 22.

Non-profit scholarship applications are currently closed.

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It’s been an intense three months. In the next quarter, we will finally be deploying the systems within the organization. I’m really happy because we are no longer working in the shadows. Today, our design system is being used more and more.”

Sabine Duquesne

Design Ops, Intermarché

It’s been an intense three months. In the next quarter, we will finally be deploying the systems within the organization. I’m really happy because we are no longer working in the shadows. Today, our design system is being used more and more.”

Sabine Duquesne

Design Ops, Intermarché

Fully packed with insights and guidance. It’s a must-have for my team.”

Silvia Bormüller

Founder, Into Design Systems

Fully packed with insights and guidance. It’s a must-have for my team.”

Silvia Bormüller

Founder, Into Design Systems

My ego had a hard time with this cohort at first. On a personal level, it was like progress, not perfection.We used to live in a world of abstract. Now, we have all these practices and exercises that we can do and we can talk to people and repeat and evolve. It really helped with our relationships that used to be very silent.”

Alyx Chapman

Director of UX Design, BOK Financial

My ego had a hard time with this cohort at first. On a personal level, it was like progress, not perfection.We used to live in a world of abstract. Now, we have all these practices and exercises that we can do and we can talk to people and repeat and evolve. It really helped with our relationships that used to be very silent.”

Alyx Chapman

Director of UX Design, BOK Financial

Imagine becoming a chef by studying led techniques and practical approaches without having to unconsciously just execute recipes.”

Raf Vitale

Senior Product Designer, Design System

Imagine becoming a chef by studying led techniques and practical approaches without having to unconsciously just execute recipes.”

Raf Vitale

Senior Product Designer, Design System

Thank you for the dose of knowledge and energy in these discussions and activities about mission, collaboration, adoption, documentation, growth, and more.”

Michael Haggerty-Villa

Senior Product Design Manager, Bill.com

Thank you for the dose of knowledge and energy in these discussions and activities about mission, collaboration, adoption, documentation, growth, and more.”

Michael Haggerty-Villa

Senior Product Design Manager, Bill.com

I wish I had something like this available when we were starting with our design system.”

Jan Toman

Director of Design, Supernova

I wish I had something like this available when we were starting with our design system.”

Jan Toman

Director of Design, Supernova

Some of the process steps have made a really positive change for me. I spent a lot of time saying, ‘We need this thing,’ but the thing that we actually needed was the communication around WHY we need these things. That was huge.”

Jamie Totten

UX Engineer, Klue

Some of the process steps have made a really positive change for me. I spent a lot of time saying, ‘We need this thing,’ but the thing that we actually needed was the communication around WHY we need these things. That was huge.”

Jamie Totten

UX Engineer, Klue

My biggest aha moment was when we were working on the influence map. We were headed in the opposite direction. That was a major shift in our thinking. We’ve received a ton of great feedback from stakeholders. It’s been fun. Hoping my team can join next year.”

Sarah Sweatt

Director of Web Development, Texas A&M University

My biggest aha moment was when we were working on the influence map. We were headed in the opposite direction. That was a major shift in our thinking. We’ve received a ton of great feedback from stakeholders. It’s been fun. Hoping my team can join next year.”

Sarah Sweatt

Director of Web Development, Texas A&M University

Looking for just the workbook?

Looking for just the workbook?

If you’re the kind of person who prefers to dive right in an do it yourself, you can get just the workbook and assets.


  • 135-page workbook PDF

  • Design System in 90 Days Canvas (FigJam + PDF)

  • Figma file with 2 pages enclosed

  • Licensed to you and 20 of your colleagues


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Do you already own the first version of “Design System in 90 Days?”

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This new version is a free upgrade for all owners of the previous version. You should already have an email in your inbox with instructions for how to upgrade along with an exclusive offer to join this new cohort.


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We’ve been developing new components and bringing them to the engineering team even in the concepting phase. Why didn’t we do this from the beginning? It’s amazing. It’s a constant back and forth, which is just lovely.”

Christina Franey

Senior Product Designer, Obama Foundation

We’ve been developing new components and bringing them to the engineering team even in the concepting phase. Why didn’t we do this from the beginning? It’s amazing. It’s a constant back and forth, which is just lovely.”

Christina Franey

Senior Product Designer, Obama Foundation

I recommend this to anyone who is starting their first design system.”

Mae Capozzi

Senior Software Engineer, Amplitude

I recommend this to anyone who is starting their first design system.”

Mae Capozzi

Senior Software Engineer, Amplitude

I learned that the people making a design system don’t necessarily need to hand someone a component but we do need to be able to direct them where to look. The answer is sometimes just as powerful as a component.”

Ayisha Chowdhury

Front-End Developer, Scholastic

I learned that the people making a design system don’t necessarily need to hand someone a component but we do need to be able to direct them where to look. The answer is sometimes just as powerful as a component.”

Ayisha Chowdhury

Front-End Developer, Scholastic

The most practical, comprehensive design systems resource that I’ve ever seen. It’s kind of mind-blowing how much thought went into this.”

Michael Riddering

Founding Designer, Maven

The most practical, comprehensive design systems resource that I’ve ever seen. It’s kind of mind-blowing how much thought went into this.”

Michael Riddering

Founding Designer, Maven

Starting from scratch feels overwhelming. The workbook helped me get clarity on how I want to approach our design system and team, and I always have a guide to fall back to when I need it.”

Joey Banks

Senior Product Designer, Design Systems, Webflow

Starting from scratch feels overwhelming. The workbook helped me get clarity on how I want to approach our design system and team, and I always have a guide to fall back to when I need it.”

Joey Banks

Senior Product Designer, Design Systems, Webflow

I can’t believe how jammed packed this program is!”

Heather Palmer

Design Program Manager, Zillow

I can’t believe how jammed packed this program is!”

Heather Palmer

Design Program Manager, Zillow

That feeling of overwhelm is settled. We now have a place to start: focusing on what the business needs are.”

David Preston

Senior Brand Designer, ConvertKit

That feeling of overwhelm is settled. We now have a place to start: focusing on what the business needs are.”

David Preston

Senior Brand Designer, ConvertKit

Listening to other teams who are also going through the struggles was really humbling. I thought that we were behind everybody else. The hardest part is getting started. Now we have more cross-team collaboration, a lot of discussions, and we have developers contributing. I’m excited for it to expand.”

Patricia Snodgrass

UX Architect, BOK Financial

Listening to other teams who are also going through the struggles was really humbling. I thought that we were behind everybody else. The hardest part is getting started. Now we have more cross-team collaboration, a lot of discussions, and we have developers contributing. I’m excited for it to expand.”

Patricia Snodgrass

UX Architect, BOK Financial

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