Details make the design.

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

So, we built one for us all.

Our mission is to push the format of guidelines forward.

The printed, ring-bound guidelines of the past have mostly been replaced by digital PDFs.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?

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Publish online, on your terms

Publish guidelines with a password, or publicly with no account needed to view. Share the link with your client, your company, or the world—with no limits on pageviews.

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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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Best in class

Standards is the most advanced, 
precise, and comprehensive tool built specifically for designers to create guidelines. There is no comparison.

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Bespoke, not broke

Create guidelines with no code, no templates, and no developers. All at a fraction of the time, cost, and stress of developing a bespoke website.

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Introducing Automations.

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

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More work for less

Automations use your core brand elements to help you design commonly-used guidelines sections with a few clicks, in a fraction of the time.

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Focus on brand

Save time with Automations and focus on the unique aspects of the brand. Automate the routine parts, and get back to work.

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Instant color

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

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Do’s & do’s

Color swatches, logo specimens, do’s & don’ts, and much more. Sections we’re tired of designing on every project, now just a little easier.

Create and reuse.

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

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Made modular

Build with modularity using synced Components. Save, reuse, and update instantly, anywhere in your guidelines.

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Stay consistent

Components maintain consistency across your project by eliminating repetitive design work. Some of the work we do doesn’t need repeating.

Teams work.

Invite your team and clients to collaborate in Connected Workspaces. All in real-time, or even at the same time, with multiplayer editing.

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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 published 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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Multiplayer editing

Design and work on guidelines simultaneously with multiplayer editing. Many hands make great work.

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Hold-on, or hand-off

Keep guidelines in your workspace, or transfer them out to a client or collaborator when the job is done.  

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Don’t try this in a pdf.

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Keep it moving

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

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The 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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Mind the grid

Add, move, resize, and duplicate text, images, and video all on a 12 column, customizable grid.

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svg’s change everything

Upload svg logos to enable seamless edits and utilize the power of Automations.

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Room to grow

Manage assets with search, preview, and support for multiple file types, with 20 GB of cloud storage on Professional plans.

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Download and link anything

Create buttons to download anything in your guidelines, or link anywhere on the web, all with fully customizable buttons and hover states.

Desktop-grade settings and design control.

Best-in-class guidelines design control comes standard.

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Find your way

Create multi-page guidelines with customizable navigation. Link your menus to pages, or anchor link to specific sections.

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Tool tips

Easily define helpful tool tips for images, icons, logos, and more. Set them to download files, copy HEX codes, display messages, and more.

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Set the tone

Thousands of individual settings—all geared for brand guidelines work—allow you to control every detail of your project.

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Type in control

Upload brand typefaces, edit typography with precision, and create and manage all your type styles. The type is always under your control.

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Be precise

Add and edit elements quickly and intuitively. Resize, move, copy, and duplicate with precision controls. Down to the very last pixel, or stick to the grid.

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Finely tuned

Use innovative controls to fine tune your design elements to exact specifications. It’s the type of control you never knew you needed. 

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Free.

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  • Individual editing
  • 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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