How to document design system components

Paul Scanlon delves deep into the best practices and essential elements of effective component documentation, drawing from real-world examples and industry-leading design systems.

At the heart of this piece lies the recognition that components are the backbone of any design system, and without proper documentation, they can quickly become a source of confusion and inconsistency. Scanlon masterfully unpacks the nuances of design systems and component libraries, explaining the critical role of design tokens and the importance of consistent terminology across prop names, types, and descriptions.

This comprehensive guide is a must-read for any product team serious about building and maintaining a robust, user-centric design system. Scanlon’s direct and honest approach and wealth of experience make this a valuable resource for designers, developers, and product managers alike.