AMA: The team behind Adobe's design system, Spectrum

over 2 years ago from Shawn Cheris, Director of Experience Design - Brand & Experience

  • paavo koyapaavo koya, over 2 years ago

    Hi all,

    Do you plan on releasing this design system to the public or internally for others to use?

    I'm aware that Adobe Clean (the font) is not available for public use so I'm interested if this will become available at any point.

    Appreciate the AMA!

    4 points
    • Rick Steele, over 2 years ago

      Great question! The short answer is yes, we're excited to make Spectrum public, and that transition is already underway.

      Our design system covers way more than our XD assets, and we've already started open sourcing elements like Spectrum CSS. We are working on making our usage guidelines public as well, which will include the XD files, and we're collaborating with other teams at Adobe to open source their implementations of Spectrum.

      There are certain branded elements – like the Adobe Clean font – that aren't going to be released to the public, but one of the jobs of any design system is to degrade gracefully, so there are a number of fallback fonts defined in Spectrum when Adobe Clean isn't available.

      6 points
      • Garth BraithwaiteGarth Braithwaite, over 2 years ago

        There are a couple of internal JS implementations like React and Angular and those teams are currently considering opening them to the public as well. Although it isn't currently optimized for emails, Spectrum CSS should give you a place to start.

        4 points
      • paavo koyapaavo koya, over 2 years ago

        Wonderful! Appreciate the response and look forward to using it.

        1 point