Different people in the industry think of a design system as a magic wand, something that is going to fix all the problems in an organisation, especially in terms of consistency. But I disagree. For me, a design system is not about consistency. A design system is just a small piece of a bigger effort you have to go through to become a design-led company.
It’s not about making sure all the buttons are blue or have the same borders. It’s about creating a cohesive experience, which is slightly different.
You also have to be ready to iterate your design system. It’s not an effort you do once and then it’s done. You always need to be in a position of discussion and rediscovery, especially when you start to expand the initial system.