design system

  • Accessibility in a design system

    This post continues our series about our new design system as part of the University of Dundee’s website relaunch. What does accessibility mean? Accessibility for digital products like websites, emails, and apps is measured in four different ways: Perceivable: Making text and media perceivable for everyone Operable: Helping users navigate content easily Understandable: Making and […]

  • The importance of colour

    In any area of design colour plays a huge role from print to digital media. Colour can help convey different emotions, capture target audiences and communicate action. In our design system, colour was one of the first areas we looked at for moving forward. This will ensure we have a good basis or building block […]

  • 99 problems but my grid ain’t one

    What is a grid system? a structure comprising a series of horizontal and vertical lines, used to arrange content Nearly all sites these days are designed upon a grid system for laying out elements on the page. It allows us as designers to provide a system that can work with a solid structure and present […]

  • Managing design at scale consistently – introducing our digital design system

    As you may have heard or read about, we are currently restructuring, rebuilding and redesigning the university website. As Design Manager within the Web Services team, this is one of the most significant projects of my time here so far. In fact, it will be one of the biggest challenges of my 14-year career. And […]

  • 10 Design principles to help us build a better website

    As part of the process of starting again and building a new and improved www.dundee.ac.uk, the design team here in Web Services are making big preparations to make sure we’re ready. Ready for what exactly? Ready to start again and rethink everything we have ever designed. Every button, every text style, every page layout. We’re […]