Design Language = DNA of your product offering
Design language goes hand-in-hand with brand identity. Just as brand identity strongly influences a company’s name, tagline and graphic application of its logo, design language defines physical characteristics, color, material applications and three-dimensional logo treatments of a company’s products – whether they be a physical product or digital a product, such as mobile or web apps. The guidelines apply even to packaging, exhibition booths and user interface and customer experience.
Why is it important?
On a business strategy level, common design language creates coherence among company products, building greater brand awareness when consumers identify and recognize the different products as part of the same family.
For example, Apple has a wide offering of products from phones, tablets, laptops, and now a watch. Even though each product has a different form factor, each has the same aluminum finish and contrasting black or white plastic. The simplicity and quality of the material and finishes is a subtle physical way to create a consistent design language, and enhance brand recognition and uniqueness in the market.
For the internal functioning of a company, having a strong design language minimizes product reinvention between often siloed departments. Ultimately, it can help shorten the time needed to launch a product. A common design language will take into consideration complex requirements on multiple fronts: for users, for materials, for the market, for the regulatory environment.