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UNICEF Design System

The status of this project is ALFA. So, incompatible changes may appear.

The goal of this project is to:

  • Define a common user interface across applications.
  • Speed up the design time allowing the design team to focus on user needs rather on tiny interaction details.
  • Speed up the development time by reusing the HTML and CSS.

Designers, product managers and anyone that has to define the user interface of a web application we provide the following UX/UI design guidelines.

For developers, we provide a reference implementation. Documentation for developers can be found here

This reference implementation is based on based on Bootstrap 4.3.

Getting started

In order to use the UNICEF's UI in your project you can reference a CDN or download using npm.

With CDN

CDNs can offer a performance benefit by hosting on servers spread across the globe. This also offers an advantage that if the visitor to your webpage has already downloaded a copy of the files from the same CDN, it won't have to be re-downloaded.

For the CSS:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@unicef/design-system/dist/css/unicef.css">

If you need to include the JavaScript, you have two options. The first one, a minified javascript bundle file that includes all bootstrap JavaScript (bootstrap, popper, jquery). You need this if you require dropdowns, tabs, etc.

<!-- All js bundled -->
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@unicef/design-syste/dist/js/unicef-bundle.min.js"></script>

<!-- only the scripts that were created by UNICEF (no requirement)-->
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@unicef/design-system/dist/js/unicef.min.js"></script>

Using npm

This bootstrap customization is based on SASS, and therefore you can easily override the CSS classes for your particular project.

First, install the npm package

 npm install @unicef/design-system

Import unicef.scss in your global scss file. For example:

/* you may need to change the path to the node_modules dir */
@import "../node_modules/@unicef/design-system/scss/unicef"

We have used bootstrap variables whenever possible. Custom created variables are defined in scss/_variables.scss.

Leaner version.

In order to make bootstrap version leaner, the following colors have been removed from $theme-colors: secondary,info,light,dark. This means that, for example, <button class="btn btn-info">Info button</button> will not work. You can activate them back in _variables.scss.


We use jekyll for generating the documentation and gulp for automating the tasks.

Get source code from git repository

$ git clone https://github.com/unicef/design-system.git

Install dependencies

$ cd design-system
$ npm install
$ bundle install


To run the local server

$ bundle exec jekyll serve --livereload

Then browse to http://localhost:4000/

While developing run in another terminal the watch task to compile and minimize the SCSS and JavaScript:

$ gulp watch

To continuously compile SASS run

$ gulp watch-sass


Just clone the project and make a pull request.


Distributed under GLPv3.




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