Adobe shares its design system and UI/UX assets

Adobe is sharing its key resources with designers and developers with the launch of Spectrum. The website encompasses the components that make up its design system and comprises over 100 tools. Those resources include the UI kits, fonts and icons, that unify the design of Adobe’s software across devices. It’s also the very platform used by Adobe’s designers to keep its services seamless and consistent.

“Hundreds of designers at Adobe use Spectrum to ensure the company’s apps remain powerful creative tools while also becoming more intuitive and collaborative, to ultimately empower users and brands to think in one unified voice,” the company told DesignTAXI in an email.

As apps like Lightroom, Fresco, and Photoshop become key products in Adobe’s line of mobile tools, having one consistent experience across platforms is more important than ever. Spectrum was released to the public so designers and developers working on Adobe extensions and plugins can build the resources easier and more quickly.

Adobe shares design system

“The central tenets of Spectrum are to be ‘rational, human, and focused.’ In practice, this means trying to reduce the user experience down to its simplest possible state,” says Shawn Cheris, Director of Experience Design at Adobe. 

Of course, it also serves as a great source of inspiration. Adobe’s designers try to support cross-platform design for every component in the Spectrum library, like buttons and icons. The best ideas created by their teams outside of the system are folded back in. Spectrum also afforded Adobe the opportunity to make a core investment in accessible design. Every component in the system meets WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0 standards, and Adobe is working on 2.1 compliance.

You can learn more about Spectrum and download resources for Adobe XD on macOS on the official website.