Lingo Redesign: Rethinking how you build your design language

Lingo Redesign: Rethinking how you build your design language

Today we’re excited to announce a few updates to the Lingo Mac App that will make building and managing your design language easier than ever. Let’s dive right in.

Drag and drop to insert

The ability to fully customize how your design language is presented by using our recently announced features like asset reordering and inline notes is one of the greatest benefits of using Lingo. This customization allows you to convey context and guidance to anyone pulling from your design language, making it easier to scale consistency.

Up until now however, building a design language and customizing its appearance was a somewhat inefficient 2-step process: add first, customize later. Not anymore…

Starting today, you can precisely control where files, colors and notes are added. In other words, you can both add and customize in a single action. This is made possible by the new insert panel that allows you to drag and drop the building blocks of your design language straight into the flow of your library. We believe the insert panel will free you from any constraints, tremendously speed-up your build process and enable you to truly craft a meaningful design language with minimal effort.

Manage like a boss

The new Mac App redesign not only helps you build a more meaningful design language, but it also gives you more visibility into who can access it. One could say Lingo’s conceptual model is divided into:

  • Kits: the different libraries that make your design language
  • Users: the people who can access your kits

This conceptual model illuminates how Lingo can be utilized so we wanted to make it simpler to understand. When you update and open the most recent version of the Mac App you’ll notice a more structured Lingo with new global views that give you greater control and make everything more intuitive and easier to manage:

  • All kits: a single place to manage all your kits (both synced and unsynced)
  • All users: a single place to get a birds-eye-view of your team and who has access to what
  • Recently added: the latest additions to your design language
  • Search: a single place to search your entire library

With this update you may notice the omission of “My Recently Used” and “My Favorites”. We opted to discontinue these view as they ultimately didn’t align with one of the problems Lingo sets out to solve: helping you ensure consistency at scale. Both “My Recently Used” and “My Favorites” removed assets from their respective kits, and subsequently stripped away any contextual information like how the assets should be used. This lead to incorrect use of assets from those views. This decision was also backed up by data. We noticed only a small percentage of users were favoriting assets and an even smaller percentage were using the assets directly from the “My Favorites” view. It’s always hard to say goodbye to existing features, but we’re strongly committed to making Lingo better for you and your workflow.

That’s it for now! 

As always, we hope you download this free update and find all the new features and enhancements useful. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback we're just an email away. You can also find us on Twitter or Facebook.

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