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UX Guidelines and Governance for Design Systems

Design systems are generally composed of combining UI assets, Dev code, and documentation. However, as great as this is, many organizations are finding they need a couple more things to help support designers and developers in building better experiences. Design guidelines and governance are often needed to provide more explicit guidance on the use of components.

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Experience Design & Research Process

This is a high level diagram I created for use in communicating to stakeholders, project managers, and development teams how Product Experience Design and Research activities fit into an overall product / development process

a diagram of the product design life cycle with discovery, design, and development phases

Any User-Centered process is going to have
Discovery, Design, and Development phases as part of the cycle

There are many diagrams around the digital product design process that have been created over the last decade or more. There is the double diamond of the Design Thinking and the recent UX & Agile diagram by Jeff Gothelf. However, none of them really captured the entire cycle that ties previous development which is often the source or a starting point for new development.

Below is a pdf with details on design and research activities that might be used in each phase.

Download the Detailed Product Experience Design & Research Cycle PDF

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