Design Systems help maintain consistency and build a shared vocabulary that speeds up design and development time.
However, the cost of building and maintaining them is often very expensive. Designers have to rely on multiple plug-ins and extensions in addition to their main authoring tool to make this workflow truly useful. I believe that the cost to maintain a design system should not outweigh the need for one.
One of our core principles for Adobe XD is reducing friction in the design process. The Assets Panel is the first step toward better managing of linked colors, character styles, and symbols in XD. I’ve put together a quick overview of the different workflows that the Assets Panel supports so you can easily manage your colors, character styles and symbols.