Design Debt is a term used to refer to the cost of resolving design problems caused by poor decisions. This debt can include the time and resources needed to correct the issues, as well as the cost of updating the design elements to meet current standards and user expectations. In some cases, the debt can be so large that it is difficult to pay down, especially when the design issues are deeply entrenched and require a lot of resources to fix. In other cases, design debt can be addressed quickly and easily, with minimal disruption to the user experience. Whatever the case, design debt can be costly and needs to be addressed to maintain a well-designed product.
When we are in a hurry and want to get things done quickly, we may not take the time to use the design ideas we started with. This can lead to new features or elements that don't fit together well, and the user experience is not smooth. A design system with design debt is made up of elements and features that will need to be improved later, and the efforts to put them in place quickly will create more work in the future.
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