Does anyone use InVision DSM?

over 3 years ago from , Lets do this

We are looking for a Design system management tool for team size 30-40. I found InVision is the best for us. I was wondering if there is something better than DSM.

Thank you in advance


  • Rodriguez Salt, over 3 years ago

    Not sure about DSM but most InVision products are broken as hell.

    12 points
    • Matthew O'ConnorMatthew O'Connor, over 3 years ago


      So happy to have turned off our company account a couple of months ago.

      2 points
    • Jeremy TinianowJeremy Tinianow, over 3 years ago

      I'm pretty sure InVision is no longer a product company. It seems like their focus has shifted almost entirely to media.

      0 points
      • Rodriguez Salt, over 3 years ago

        I am sure they don't wanna be a media company, they just don't know how to make a product that works for designers. Even inVision landing pages are bad, they focus on animation, etc. but most of those strange animations make the website useless, distract you from the real content, product.

        2 points
    • Matt KMatt K, over 3 years ago

      Yes. The core InVision product is slow. And obsoleted by Figma/Abstract/Sketch Cloud. InVision Studio is slow, and not used by anyone as far as I can see.

      DSM sounds like a good idea but is seriously limited. Craft was great, but now buggy and also slow.

      The podcasts, articles and ebooks are good. Seems like they put more effort into those than anything else at the moment.

      3 points
  • Teodor DecuTeodor Decu, over 3 years ago

    Does ANYONE use InVision DSM?

    11 points
  • paavo koyapaavo koya, over 3 years ago

    I looked into it for a long time and just switched to Figma. There are some things that make it difficult compared to Invision/Sketch but overall so much easier with version control and multiplayer. Syncing with Craft took hours a week from my productivity.

    5 points
    • Matthew O'ConnorMatthew O'Connor, over 3 years ago

      We recently did the same thing.

      Sketch has some amazing speed advantages for me (great short cuts, lightning fast export option), but Figma's components just feel more robust. And a design system is only as solid as its components.

      1 point
    • Dan W, over 3 years ago

      I think you are talking about something different. A design system can be independent of the software you are using to design and might be used by people from all departments of an organisation. This is a design system: https://polaris.shopify.com/ and the OP is talking about using "Invision Design System Manager" to unify all the examples, guidelines, assets etc. in one place. It's not really about sketch vs figma vs xd or whatever software people are using to create the assets/prototypes. A design system these days would typically link to code examples as well and maybe even embed react components from something like storybook.

      1 point
  • Julian H, over 3 years ago

    We switched to zeroheight and are quite happy with it. DSM was broken as hell, we couldn't use our components at all. It might look cool in all the videos but using it in production it shows issues all around.

    3 points
    • Daniel PapeDaniel Pape, over 3 years ago

      How have you found zeroheight? I'm currently using it to put together the design system where I work, and been really impressed with it. Do you have any tips or things you think need improving?

      1 point
  • Chris Plosaj, over 3 years ago

    I'm the design system product owner for a very large company. The team has been using DSM for almost one year, and it has adequately served our needs. We have not encountered any workflow issues that have prevented us from using the platform, such as pushing updates and pulling components. However, it certainly feels a bit buggy and incomplete at times. The biggest opportunity for Invision would be to shift their focus from reinventing the wheel with Studio and instead put efforts into growing DSM to offer more functionality and customisability. There are some pretty significant limitations with the documentation layout, styling of text and 3rd party integrations. However I see this potentially improving in the future.

    Zeroheight is another platform that the team has considered. There are pros & cons with using either platform; both are very similar but ultimately we preferred InVision because of their ecosystem.

    2 points
  • Brett Williams, over 3 years ago

    I'm the design system manager for a multi-billion dollar company. We are currently transitioning into Invision DSM. We like what we have seen thus far, but time will ultimately tell.

    0 points