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Intro to DSM Design Tokens

As digital transformation accelerates, companies face the challenge of scaling design across an increasing number of screens, tech stacks, and product teams. As the product footprint grows, propagating even simple design decisions (such as a color change) can take weeks to accomplish.

To address this challenge, the design system team at Salesforce established a new data layer and a practice that helps scale design across multiple platforms and teams. They named it design tokens. By using design tokens, it can take minutes—instead of weeks—to implement design decisions across platforms.

With DSM, you can build documentation for your design tokens that lives alongside all the other elements of your design system. This guide covers what design tokens are, the practice of using tokens, and how you can build tokens documentation with DSM.