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

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

  • 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