November 23, 2021
A series of articles.
Design systems bring a novel approach to UI/UX design and development — to solve its inherent consistency and scalability problems.
As of today, dedicated companies — with resources — can afford their own custom design system. Others copy or innovate.
The series walks-through the problem in-depth, from the viewpoint of all stakeholders.
And proposes a solution — of recent origin — to help companies with less resources to roll their own.
The first article takes a look at existing systems and defines the workflow, practices and deliverables for all stakeholders.
The second article examines design systems from the designer viewpoint.
Offers novel ideas — design systems as database (code), pair designing — to reduce the cost of rolling out design systems.
It presents an ideal and working use case where a rare species — a developer who designs — creates a design system, and more, in the browser.
The third article examines design systems from the developer viewpoint.
It presents past and current front-end development paradigms and examines why they lead, or not, to consistent user interfaces.
And comes to the conclusion: to end fragility in front-end development — standard software development patterns and practices should replace the current hacking mindset and non-programming languages.
A work in progress. A complete example for developers where the findings above merge into a real-life project.
And for the fun, for a more compact experience, please enjoy the previous iteration on the subject, in a mini-book format.
To React with best practices. Written by @metamn.