Welcome to DSM
InVision DSM makes it easy to create a scalable design process, accelerate iteration, streamline design-to-development collaboration, and ensure a consistent in-product experience. It helps you organize and define the purpose and style of your global design elements across multiple libraries, while providing easy version control and advanced roles and permissions.
With InVision DSM as your team’s single source of truth, your product and your user’s experience are simply better—and design debt is a thing of the past. Let’s get started.
Visual language is a core part of your design standards. Without standards, decisions become arbitrary and difficult to critique. This problem gets even more challenging as teams grow and need to create a repeatable and scalable solution to reduce design debt. Defining the purpose and style of color, type, icons, and components is essential to creating an aligned brand and consistent user experience.
A library containing these global elements is a start, but design systems can quickly become difficult to maintain and use once different members of the team start editing and creating change-conflicts due to a lack of critical collaboration functionality.
Building and managing a true design system over the long term requires a solution that includes version control, roles and permissions, documentation, and change management capabilities. A design library also requires a dedicated documentation website to share information on usage and design guidelines.
This is why we created InVision Design System Manager. InVision DSM allows you to create a single source of truth to keep your entire team empowered to design consistently and iterate quickly.
To create your first DSM library, log in to InVision and choose DSM from the top navigation bar. The first time you access DSM, you’ll assign a name to your DSM organization, and then create your first library. You can have as many libraries as you need—for example, mobile libraries, desktop libraries, sub-brands, etc.
When creating a new library, you can decide if everyone in your organization will have access or only people who have been invited. We’ll take a closer look at the power and flexibility of library permissions in a later video.
Give your library and name, and click Create. You’ll find yourself at the web view for your library (which we’ll take a closer look at shortly). Next, let’s look at how to get our library populated with content.