Salesforce Lightning Design System

Salesforce Lightning Design System

Today, the scope for product design and development has widened into a range of devices and platforms like mobile, tablets, responsive web, desktop apps, and much more. Designers adapt style guides, references and CSS frameworks to streamline the process, to promote designer-developer communication and enhance manageability. Salesforce user experience has extended this with a active Design System that can further achieve brand alignment and quality seamlessly. Teams can adopt this system into applications to develop front-end user interfaces efficiently.
For Salesforce, the Lightning Experience is a newly reimagined user experience for the sales product and the Design System is a living style guide for developers and designers.

Lightning Design System defined


Simply put, Lightning Design System is a front-end design framework within Salesforce to create consistent UI applications. The advantage lies in the fact that it is customizable for building Salesforce Apps and by leveraging the Design System markup and CSS framework you get a UI that perfectly reflects the Salesforce Lightning look and feel. Another key feature is that it is continuously updated and by using the latest version of the Design System, the designed pages will always be in sync with Salesforce UI changes. Designers can refer the custom typeface, custom colors, mockup for any design ideas.

Core tenets of the Design system


Here are the tenets that form the foundation of the Design System -
Clarity:  Design System enables people to vision, detail and design with confidence. There is no ambiguity or confusion.
Efficiency: Workflows are streamlined and helps teams envisage any business needs proactively to support designers in working faster.
Consistency: The framework helps in standardizing approach to design across teams – it suggests patterns and components that provide a unified look when designing apps/products in the Salesforce ecosystem.
Appeal: Enables elegant customer centric designing and with faster turnaround

Key Benefits :


Versatility and accessibility
The Design system provides the resources to develop UI that aligns with Salesforce Lightning language and practices. Developers could stop focusing on visualization and devote time to application logic while designers can shift primary focus to UX, interaction and flow. Web accessibility features ensure that people with disability can navigate, and help with the applications being created.
Value to Salesforce Platform
We all know how vast the UI breadth of Salesforce is. To get the design and function right, many teams need to collaborate and coordinate. With the Design System at the center, it is now possible to maintain consistent UX across products. All design decisions are centralized and there is no need for time-consuming sync-up meetings.
Availability
Finally, the Design System is open source and always updated along with the map of migration to the new UX. Both developers and designers have access to the pack.
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Date: 
Friday, August 3, 2018

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