UI Design Kit

Pedro Caldas

8/24/2022

UI Design Kits
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To achieve UI Design consistency, many companies choose the most common resources: Design Systems or UI kits.


These resources would help to save time and money.

In this article, let’s explain what are the differences between UI Kits and Design Systems and the pros and cons of UI Kits.


What is a UI design kit?

A UI Design kit is a repository that contains all the styles (fonts, colors, etc.) and components (buttons, inputs, icons, etc) used in a solution.

UI Design Kit


UI Kits — Pros & Cons

Pros

Save time

Reuse of components used in other solutions

Efficiency

Designers have the opportunity to concentrate on specific problems

Consistency

Knowledge of the characteristics of each component

Save money

Speed up the design process


❌ Cons

Personalization

The need to adapt a UI kit to an existing design

Limit your creativity

Use of already created approaches VS innovative and revolutionary design


High fidelity prototype created with Hi Interactive Kit
High fidelity prototype created with Hi Interactive Kit


Difference between Design System and UI Design Kit 🤔

The UI Kit is less detailed and faster to produce. Focused on the User Interface, it allows a designer to create new pages quickly and allows the rest of the team to have visibility of the styles and components used in the solution.

A design system is much more advanced with visual rules and principles for Designers and Developers.


Conclusion

Both resources are great libraries. UI Design Kit, due to its speed in creation, it’s a great resource used by designers when building pages and prototypes.


Examples of UI Design Kit

Material Design UI Kit

iOS Kit

Velocity - A dashboard UI kit


Design systems

Material Design (Google’s design system)

Carbon (IBM’s design system)

Uniform (HUDL’s design system)


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