Frequently Asked Questions

What is a design system?
A design system is a catalogue of everything that makes up your digital product including user interface elements, writing style, guiding principles, coding...
Wed, 10 Oct, 2018 at 10:53 AM
Who created Aurora design system?
Aurora design system is a collaborative effort between various designers, developers and writers across the Government of Canada. Lead by the Digital Collab...
Wed, 10 Oct, 2018 at 10:55 AM
Who can use Aurora design system?
Aurora design system is open for anyone to use! It was originally created to help guide digital collaboration tools used within the Government of Canada, bu...
Wed, 10 Oct, 2018 at 10:56 AM
Are there other design systems that exist in the public sector?
Although design systems are relatively new in the public sector, some government organisations have already been working on their own design systems. For ex...
Wed, 10 Oct, 2018 at 10:57 AM
Why did you create Aurora design system?
Some of the key reasons we are building this design system are that it: Allows for consistency across applications and platforms, particularly taking into...
Wed, 10 Oct, 2018 at 10:59 AM
How is Aurora design system different from current standards such as the Web Experience Toolkit (WET) or the Canada.ca style guide? How do they all work together?
Aurora design system is a style guide that is specific to our digital collaboration tools and applications, including coding templates and components, as we...
Wed, 10 Oct, 2018 at 11:01 AM
How did you build Aurora design system?
The design system was built using the Digital Collaboration Division's existing agile development method. Following our two-week development sprint mod...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 8:43 AM
Are there files I can download and use?
Yes! Aurora design system includes a resources section and user interface (UI) kit. Here you can download Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe XD files. Som...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 8:45 AM
Is the code in Aurora design system open source?
Yes! All aspects of our design system are open source and available for anyone to use. This includes all the code, documentation, design assets and download ...
Thu, 11 Oct, 2018 at 8:46 AM
Is the content provided in Aurora accessible?
Yes! All content created for the Aurora design system follows WCAG 2.1 requirements for accessibility. The Aurora design system also draws some components f...
Tue, 23 Oct, 2018 at 1:30 PM