#2: The Crucial Role of Design Systems and UI Kits in Financial System design

Part of the new blog series: Exploring UX/UI Design in Capital Markets.

Role of DesignSystems


In the world of interface design the use of design systems and UI kits has become a pivotal practice. These tools not only streamline the design and development process but also contribute significantly to creating consistent, intuitive, and visually appealing user interfaces. In this blog, we'll explore the importance of design systems and UI kits in building effective interfaces.

Design Systems: The Blueprint for Consistency

A design system is a comprehensive set of guidelines, principles, and assets that define the visual and functional aspects of a digital product. It serves as a single source of truth for design, ensuring that every element across an application or website follows a unified style. Consistency is paramount in user interface design as it enhances usability, user adoption and fosters a sense of familiarity among users.

Consistent Branding: Design systems ensure that a brand's visual identity, including colors, typography, and logos, remains uniform throughout the interface. This consistency helps reinforce brand recognition and build trust among users.

Efficient Collaboration: When designers and developers are on the same page regarding design choices, iterations are minimized, and collaboration becomes more efficient. Everyone is working towards a shared vision, reducing misunderstandings and rework.

Faster Iterations: With predefined design components, designers can swiftly iterate on concepts without sacrificing quality. They can focus on solving problems and refining user experiences rather than reinventing the wheel.

UI Kits: Accelerating Design and Development

UI kits are a collection of pre-designed user interface elements, such as buttons, forms, icons, and navigation bars. These ready-to-use components expedite the design and development process, providing a head start for building trading interfaces with consistent aesthetics and functionality.

Time Efficiency: UI kits eliminate the need to start from scratch, allowing designers and developers to accelerate their work. This is particularly valuable in fast-paced projects where time is of the essence.

Ensured Design Consistency: By using UI kits, teams can ensure that design consistency is maintained across different parts of the interface. This not only benefits the user experience but also reduces the cognitive load on users as they navigate the application.

Focus on Innovation: With the foundational design elements already in place, designers can allocate more time and energy to innovative solutions and user-centric features rather than getting bogged down in repetitive design tasks.


In the realm of interface design, where first impressions and user satisfaction are paramount, the role of design systems and UI kits cannot be overstated. These tools provide a roadmap for creating coherent, user-friendly interfaces while streamlining the design and development process. As the design landscape evolves, embracing these tools will continue to be a best practice in building interfaces that stand out in today's competitive digital world.


Next in our blog series: Introducing Adaptive’s UI Starter Kit Accelerator: Fueling Seamless Design Transformations.

View our earlier blog on #1: Creating successful products, quickly!


Author: Ed Clayforth-Carr - Head of UX, Adaptive

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