How To Design an MVP UI Component Library
I’m going to explain how to design an MVP UI component library.
UI component libraries make product teams work more efficiently and user experience more consistent.
Unfortunately, many product teams start building apps without this and quickly realize that doing so was a mistake.
For your apps to be maintainable, you’ll want a UI library as a source of truth.
There are many reasons why product teams regret skipping this critical step.
- They’ve ended up with 20 slightly** different versions of the same UI
- They have to scour their app or site every time they want to upgrade UI
- The amount of work to replace your UI has snowballed out of control
With some design and development effort, your team can harness the power of a unified UI component library!
Here’s how, step by step:
Step 1: Identify a baseline for MVP
To create a plan, you need to understand what you need.
If you have an app, inventory your UI. Snip every unique UI element to a doc, categorize, and consolidate them. Then, grab a UI library, like Material or Bootstrap, as a starting point.
Step 2: Customize, starting at the atomic level and building up complexity
You’ll want to make this library look and feel like your own.
Define primitives, like color and type, and build complexity into components and multi-component UI.
Don’t try making the complicated UI first. You’ll want these components to consume the simpler ones within.
Step 3: Use a component workshopping tool to align the team
You’re ready to present your components to the team.
Leverage a workshopping tool like Storybook, Pattern Lab, or DSM to present your components.
Doing so allows your team to instantly benefit from your work. Product, UX, and Dev can view the UI, speak the same language, and get better at their jobs. Your efforts will push you and your products to be more efficient and effective.
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