Design tokens — What are they & how will they help you?

Translating designs into products is hard! Learn how design tokens make building products easier for both designers and developers.

What are design tokens

Descriptions of design tokens in the field

Design tokens — a definition

Choices & decisions



Design tokens are a methodology

Why is the distinction important?

A w3c community group is working on a standard for design tokens.

01 Standardisation

02 Software integration

03 Development tooling

Fitting design tokens into your existing style guide / design system

Starting with the core

Extracting design tokens from your products

Benefits of using design tokens



Assuring correct implementation

Ease of changing



Key takeaways

Further reading

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