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The role of style guide and design kit in a modern site

Jane Artdir 31.03.2020

Ten years ago, website design was hardly attractive, intuitive and simply beautiful. But time goes on, technology improves, Internet connection speeds up, and users become more and more demanding on the design of the resources they visit. And today we’ll talk about the role of style guide and design kit in a modern site.

So, style guide and design kit – what is it and why is it necessary?

To begin with, we will understand the basic terminology, considering that this is how it uses and helps in the work.


Style Guide – This is a style guide. That is, a collection of pre-designed elements and rules that both designers and developers follow. The style guide becomes a kind of support and starting point when a large team works on the project and you need to achieve a uniform style for each element of the site. In addition, the availability of ready-made elements greatly simplifies the work of developers – they can take a specific element at any time and reuse it.

In the style guide, almost anything can be written regarding design: the use of corporate identity, corporate colors, shapes, blocks, the location and size of individual elements, etc. Moreover, requirements for only one element and the whole complex can be prescribed.

Design kit

A design kit is a set of user interface elements that are used in creating a design and further layout of a site. This is a separate block where all the icons, forms, fields, fonts, pointers, sliders, sidebars and much more are taken out – all that the designer uses when creating the site layout.

The most striking example of using a design kit is in the Figma online editor. Here, the designer takes out all the elements used, and the developer subsequently literally in a few clicks extracts them from China and implements them already on the site. This is many times easier and faster than working with PSD mockups in Photoshop. And much more effective.

Why can’t you do without a style guide and a design kit today?

If only one person works on design and layout, there is no need for these tools as such. But today trusting all the stages of work to one person is not the best solution. If you need a high-quality result, a team should work on the site. And for this team to work together, style guides and design kits are created.

The benefits are as follows:

the uniform style of the site is maintained;
development process is accelerated;
You can monitor online changes in the style guide and design kit;
the customer can also monitor the implementation process and the compliance of the current result with the technical task.

Again, using the style guide and design kit, we get rid of the need to regularly send files, archives and other documents. Almost all manipulations occur online and immediately become available to the whole team. Work efficiency is growing, as well as its quality for the client.