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Comparing 25 Design Systems

By: Simon
Jan 21, 2023
Posted: Jan 7, 2023

Summary: Out of 25 design systems, Bootstrap, Material Design, Ant Design, Base Design, and Semantic UI garner the most interest online.

Bootstrap and Material Design Dominate all other design systems

We spent some time to review search trends, visibility, and possible resources offered for the 25 different design systems. There were definitely some surprises. Only a handful of design systems garnered interest. This is not to say other system are worse or better. It simply means search interest was low. The majority of design systems, including Apple, had very little interest in search. As well we identified which design systems are public and contain resources like Figma files you can download for use.

Design System Company Open Source Resource Downloads 5-Year Search Interest
Bootstrap Bootstrap ✔️ ✔️ Very High
Material Design Google ✔️ ✔️ High
Ant Design Alibaba Group ✔️ ✔️ Low
Base Web Uber ✔️ Low
Semantic UI Semantic UI ✔️ Low
Airbnb Design System Airbnb Low
Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines Apple ✔️ ✔️ Very Low
Fluent Design System Microsoft ✔️ Very Low
Lightning Design System Salesforce ✔️ ✔️ Very Low
Carbon Design System IBM ✔️ Very Low
Polaris Shopify ✔️ Very Low
Garden Design System Zendesk ✔️ Very Low
Evergreen Segment ✔️ ✔️ Very Low
Walrus Design System DigitalOcean Very Low
GEL BBC ✔️ Very Low
Atlassian Design System Atlassian ✔️ ✔️ Very Low
Foundation Zurb ✔️ ✔️ Very Low
Grommet Grommet ✔️ Very Low
Hawkins Design System Netflix Very Low
Spectrum Adobe ✔️ ✔️ Very Low
Solid Buzzfeed ✔️ Very Low
Pajamas GitLab ✔️ Very Low
GOV UK Design System GOV UK ✔️ Very Low
Fiori Design Guidelines SAP ✔️ Very Low
U.S. Web Design System USWDS ✔️ Very Low
Atlantis Design System Jobber ✔️ Very Low

Creating a consistent and unified message across web platforms can be difficult, but design systems make it achievable. To take the guesswork out of finding a perfect fit for your team’s needs, we’ve compiled 25 popular options in one comprehensive list. Compare features like compatibility with other tools to determine which design system meets your criteria – ensuring you put forward an engaging brand message!

Simon Urbina

Simon Urbina

Simon is a Product Designer and Front End Dev with over 20 years of experience. He started as a graphic designer and illustrator coding his first website in 1996. He has worked with brands like Publix, Microsoft, and Discovery Channel.