Online brand guidelines for design today. for design today. with precision control. shareable with a link. built for teams. without exporting a pdf. to evolve with brands. with multiplayer editing. updatable with one click. with video and animation. without templates. for modern brands. that set a new standard.

The most advanced tool to design and publish brand guidelines.

Set new standards.

Branding has changed, but our tools to design guidelines are stuck in the past. Standards is purpose-built for the needs of designers and guidelines, today.

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No-more.pdf

Design, publish, and share guidelines as a website, and make updates instantly with unlimited edits. You won’t miss the missing links.

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Introducing Automations

Instantly create commonly used guidelines sections with Automations. Focus on the work that needs your talent, not your time.

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Workspaces, connected

Use Workspaces to organize projects or clients. Invite team members and clients to Connected Workspaces for real-time sharing and collaboration.

 

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Unlimited guidelines

Design and publish an unlimited number of guidelines. Share frictionlessly, with no accounts required to view, and no limits on page views.

 

 

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Trusted by leaders.

Branding evolved.

Our mission is to push the format of guidelines forward.

The printed, ring-bound guidelines of the past have mostly been replaced by PDFs. But the format—now itself a relic—no longer meets the needs of today’s designers and brands.

What does the next evolution look like?

All the details.

Standards is founded by designers and developers. We aim for perfection, strive for beauty, embrace utility, and revel in detail.

We couldn’t find an online guidelines tool 
with the level of precision and control we demand in our work.

So, we built one for us all.

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Type in control

Upload brand typefaces, edit typography with precision, and create and manage type styles across your guidelines, updatable instantly.

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Build with Components

Design, save, and reuse modular Components across your guidelines. Sync changes with one click, and maintain consistency.

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Keep it moving

Design with motion in mind by effortlessly adding video or animations. Today’s brands are not static, so we make it easy to move.

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Responsive type

Choose to scale typography responsively with your audience’s browser size, or lock it in at a scale specified by you.

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Instant color

Automatically calculate all color values from a single HEX—even the PMS—then add them as swatches to your guidelines instantly.

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Precision

Add, edit, move, copy, and duplicate elements quickly and intuitively with precision control on a responsive grid.

Made with standards.

Made in Brooklyn & Seattle

Independently designed and developed in the U.S., Standards is born out of the publishing imprint Standards Manual, Brooklyn design office Order, and Seattle design and technology agency Shore.

The best of now, and then

We have combined our teams’ experience in branding and development, with Standards Manual’s deep knowledge of design systems and guidelines from the past. We believe it’s the best of both worlds.

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Free.

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  • Unlimited draft guidelines
  • 1 GB cloud storage
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Professional.

$40 / month
$20 / month per additional editor

  • Collaborative editing
  • Unlimited published guidelines
  • 20 GB cloud storage
  • Shared workspaces
  • Unlimited page views
  • Custom domains
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