Service module: Design Systems Checkup

Get your design system back on track in three weeks.

From €4,900
Ideal for:
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Teams in the early stages of building a design system, and need a helping hand.

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Mid-size firms (20 to 100 people) with a dedicated team of designers and developers building a digital product.

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Luca D’Incà
Founder, Belka
A design system isn’t just a Figma file or components in Storybook. It’s a practice, a way of working.
Sounds familiar?
  • Trouble getting started?
    You’ve started building a design system, but it’s going slowly and you’re not sure how to proceed.
  • Questions about governance?
    How should you manage the design system team? Should it belong to design, product, development or marketing? What should be the protocols for contributing to the project?
  • Figuring out what tools to use?
    How do you keep different component libraries in sync? What’s the best way to synchronize Figma and Storybook?
  • Having adoption issues?

    How do you involve designers, developers and management from the start, in a way that guarantees that your design system actually gets used?
  • Wondering how to measure success?
    How do you get buy-in from management, and measure success? How do you demonstrate that the project has a positive return on investment?

Here’s how it works.

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We review your situation

Every design system project is unique, but usually teams are dealing with similar issues. Our first step is to gather information about your team and your company, and evaluate the status of your project through the lens of Belka’s 5 Pillars of Design Systems.

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We define goals and give you recommendations

Based on our review, we prepare a status report with a checklist of recommendations designed to help your team independently move on with the implementation of your design system in a way that fits your goals, organization, resources, and product roadmap.

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We check in on your progress

Based on the goals we’ve agreed upon, Belka’s team will check in with you for a 45-minute session, once a week for 3, 6 or 12 months. We’ll monitor your progress, help you solve issues that come up, and answer your questions. You will also have access to unlimited async support on a dedicated Slack channel.

A shared language and approach to design makes communication easier for all the different stakeholders on a project.

For us, the hands-on training was crucial. Theory is great, but without practice you never know if you’ve really mastered what you’re doing. The real work starts when you get your hands dirty.

Francesco Cardascia
Francesco Cardascia
Brand and product designer, NeN
Adopting a design system is hard. More than half of the companies we talked to said they’d failed on the first try.
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Sara Fazzini
Design Manager, Belka
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In 2023, Belka interviewed design system teams at 27 companies in Europe and N-America that have successful digital products.

The results surprised us.

In 2023, Belka’s Sara Fazzini and Maria Sole Biondi conducted in-depth interviews with designers, developers and managers at 27 different companies in Europe and N-America.

These companies were at different sizes and at different stages in their product design system journeys, but they had one thing in common: Their digital product was essential for their growth.

The big surprise for us was learning how often these companies’ first attempts at building design systems ended up in failure.

And almost always for the same reasons. So we decided to do something about it.

The Design System Checkup is a service module designed to help companies avoid these mistakes.

Some insights from our research:
- Why isn’t anyone using your design system?

Belka has helped a handful of companies build design systems, from fast growing scaleups to established category leaders.

A shared language and approach to design makes communication easier for all the different stakeholders on a project.

When you start creating a design system you realize how many issues can come up. With Belka on our team, we were able to quickly address problems and move much faster.

Roberto Oscurato
Roberto Oscurato
Product designer, indigo.ai

Having a good design system means three things.

Faster development

Having a pre-built library of components means designers and developers can save up to 80% percent of the time it takes to develop new features.

Better decisions

More than just a collection of components, a design system is a tool to help teams stay on the same page, communicate better, and make good decisions faster.

Happier users

By making your design language consistent, a design system improves the consistency of your user interface, making your product easier to navigate.

How do you get there?

A shared language and approach to design makes communication easier for all the different stakeholders on a project.

We’re moving a lot faster now. Most of our interface components are already in the design system. We just assemble the parts.

Giuliano Messina
Giuliano Messina
Co-Founder, Coverzen

The 5 pillars of a successful design system

The fundamentals you need to guarantee a successful adoption.

Roadmap

How to set the right priorities for the design system? How can you plan design system activities in relation to product goals?

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Tools and skills

What are the tools your team needs to do the job? Do they have the skills they need to master these tools?

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Governance

How do you structure your team to deliver results? Who should contribute, who should take responsibility, and who should decide?

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Adoption

A design system isn’t just Figma files and Storybook. It’s a set of practices and processes that are actively being used in your organization. How do you communicate and involve the people who’ll use the design system?

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Value

Creating a design system takes time and resources, and it must deliver a return on that investment. How do you measure results? How do you communicate the value of the design system to leadership?

A shared language and approach to design makes communication easier for all the different stakeholders on a project.

When learning about design systems online, one gets easily overwhelmed. Belka shared the right information at the right time so that we could make the right decisions faster.

Gianluca Croci
Gianluca Croci
Product Designer at Elty by DaVinci Salute
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Mattia Marinangeli
Senior Design System Expert, Belka
Creating a design system is about more than delivering a nice Figma file. If you don’t take people and practices into account, you end up working for nothing and no one.

A team to support you

These are some of the people that will support you in your journey.

Benjamin Minarski
Benjamin Minarski
Developer, Belka
Sara Fazzini
Sara Fazzini
Design Manager, Belka
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Mattia Marinangeli
Senior Design System Expert, Belka

Design System Checkup

Included:
  • An analysis based on Belka’s 5 Pillars of Design Systems
  • A full report with a roadmap and recommendations
  • Weekly 45-minute practice sessions for 3 to 12 month
  • Unlimited async support on Slack
Our promise:
  • You’ll know where you are in your design system journey
  • You’ll have goals and actionable steps to get back on track
  • You can immediately put into practice what you are learning
Starting at €4,900*
*Prices may vary depending on the size and the needs of your company.
Sounds interesting?
Let’s talk

Questions? Answers!

Does this service make sense for my type of company?

This service is ideal for companies that already have a design system or are starting to build one, and would like guidance to guarantee its success.

Ideally:

  • Your company is 20 - 100 people
  • Your core business is your digital product
  • You have a design and development team working on the design system
Do I need help building a design system?
  • Have a team of one or more people actively involved in creating and maintaining the design system
  • Are experiencing problems in at least one of the 5 key components of a design system
  • They work within a growing tech company that wants to speed delivery of interfaces
How much would it cost my company to fail a design system project?

Drawing back from our experience, a design system project requires at least 2 people working part-time on the project for at least six months.

Taking into consideration the average salary of 60,000.00€ per year per design/developer in Italy (company cost), the failure of a design system project has a cost of at least 60,000.00€. This value increases exponentially with the size of the team operating on the design system.

This is not even taking in consideration the opportunity cost out of speed gained in developing your product.