This book cuts through the noise and hype around designs systems. Andrew really digs in to every part of creating and using a design system in the real world. I've worked with Andrew and learned a lot from him...he's shared so much valuable stuff in this book that's hard to find anywhere else.
I'm so proud to have edited this book — a book about design systems (but also so much more)! Andrew wrote, designed, and self-published it based on over a decade of experience designing products. It's is the most impressive project I've ever been a part of, we hope you love it!
Are there war stories within the pages?
i.e. at company A we tried X. I then did Y when faced with Z.
Good question! Not so specifically, but I do go into some detail of process (success and failure) and lessons learned of a couple of products I've worked on. The book is all based on experience. So it's one long war story!! lol. Joking, not joking ;) But seriously, there are a good few examples given from my time working with designers and developers, what we did, how it worked, what I would do differently, etc. And I mix in a bunch of inspiration from other teams doing great work. On war stories though: yeah, it gets 'real'. I think a lot of the case studies you read on Medium are a rosy perspective of a perfect project — but anyone who's worked in-house knows there's no way that's true. It did go wrong. There are difficult people, stakeholders, legacy problems, office politics, etc. I've written about all of that, and how to navigate it. I hope that helps :)
Haven't had the chance to get my hands on this yet but seems like an interesting book and I love the website :) And the author is the designer of Adobe Portfolio which I enjoy using. So yeah, definitely on my up next list.
Thanks! :) Glad you like the website too. If you were into Adobe Portfolio, you might like these case study insights into how it was made: https://roomfive.net/adobe-portfolio/
There are so many Design System resources out there. I'm not really sure who Andrew is so what makes this take different? What's new? Aside it from being comprehensive and all in one place? If the copy on the page did a better job of spelling that stuff out I'd probably buy and give it a shot.
I'm not really sure who Andrew is...
Maybe actually reading the website might give you the insight you're asking for on who Andrew is.
Andrew Couldwell is a designer who codes, with over 15 years of experience. In recent years he’s led the design and creative direction of digital brands, products, and design systems at Adobe and WeWork, and has worked on projects for the likes of Red Bull and NASA. He’s now a freelance web designer and developer. He’s also the founder and curator of Club of the Waves. Andrew is a British expat, now living and working in Los Angeles, California. He loves what he does, and is excited to share what he’s learned with you in this book.
If the copy on the page did a better job of spelling that stuff out I'd probably buy and give it a shot.
The website outlines what's in every chapter. Once again you have to do some individual legwork here and read the website. What else are you looking for that you didn't get? Any more explaining beyond that then you're better off just reading the book which will do the explaining you want.
Maybe he needs to add a shit ton more copy, a pitch video, a pic of a few Ferraris, and not one but TWO price tags with slashes through them.
...not one but TWO price tags with slashes through them.
Bingo, that's the secret sauce. Clearly missing this.
So it's no different. Thanks.