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β€œYou could read 100 hot takes on Medium OR read this one book filled with practical advice from an industry vet. There's so much valuable stuff in this book.”

Nick Stamas, Principal Product Designer

β€œThis book is outstanding. I'm about halfway through and it's already heavily influenced our team's design system work.”

Ryan Nordyke, Product Designer

β€œIf you want to learn or improve your skills around design systems, I highly recommend buying this book. I have worked with Andrew. This book is pure gold.

C.M. Kennedy, Designer

β€œIt's thorough and smart, and written in an accessible tone of voice that is both encouraging and lucid.”

Molly Young, New York magazine

β€œMind. Blown. Going to go retire in the woods now... Seriously, it's a good read. He recommends a very similar process to what we [Lyft] follow.”

Linzi Berry, Lyft

β€œThis book cuts through the noise and hype around designs systems. Andrew really digs in to every part of creating and using a design system in the real world.”

Nick Stamas, Candid

β€œIt was a great read. I am constantly getting back to it while working on my current project. It's more than a book. It's a manual.”

Milos Mirkovic, Product Designer

β€œIt's awesome! Incredibly thorough, down to earth and doesn't shy away from the nitty gritty.”

Linn Vizard, Designer

β€œThe extremely talented Andrew Couldwell has written the book on design systems. Just buy it.”

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About the book

Laying the Foundations is a comprehensive guide to creating design systems, digital brand guidelines, and how to design systematically. It's an ideal book for web and product designers (of all levels) and especially design teams.

Amazon Prime

We have a black and white edition of the original paperback for only $25, printed and distributed by Amazon with Prime delivery.


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