Andrew Couldwell

Los Angeles, CA (British) Web designer & developer Joined over 8 years ago

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  • Posted to 25% off design systems eBook for Black Friday, Nov 30, 2019

    There's also free shipping in the U.S. if you'd prefer the paperback, from Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

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  • Posted to A book about design systems, in reply to Bulent Keles , Oct 23, 2019

    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:

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  • Posted to A book about design systems, in reply to UX ING , Oct 23, 2019

    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 :)

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  • Posted to What does an 'Associate Digital Art Director' do?, Mar 19, 2019

    ...Suuuuuuper popular question, then.... Sigh

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  • Posted to Laying the Foundations (Book), in reply to twinseN . , Feb 07, 2019

    Thanks, great to hear :) Make sure to register on the website, and I'll let you know when it's available!

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  • Posted to Laying the Foundations (Book), in reply to Duke Cavinski , Feb 07, 2019

    Hey, Steve. Alla wrote a great book! My work is even featured in her book. My book, of course, will be different so far as writing style and personality. And each author's different experiences in the field will bring something different also. We've both worked at very different companies (in size, culture, and continents), and we've taken different roles too. I like to think my book uses 'simpler' language to others out there — not just Alla's, but Atomic Design, for example, and other articles on the subject. It's down to earth, steeped with experience and learning experiences, and different approaches. In general, it's very practical — it gives actionable advice and steps. It's unique in that it focusses also on the role of brand in system design. The name 'Laying the Foundations' references both a simple design system model I present in the book, and also creating digital brand guidelines that design systems are built upon. This book is also 2 years further on in time (2017 > 2019) — so it uses more recent examples. I hope that helped :)

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  • Posted to Laying the Foundations (Book), Feb 06, 2019

    I am writing a book about system design and digital brand guidelines! I'm well into the writing process, and I aim to go to print (and eBook) later this year. Learn more and register via the link.

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  • Posted to Maintenance of Symbols and UI Styles, Jun 27, 2017

    I use Craft Library. This will help a lot with colours and symbols. Their management of text styles is not good, but I trust it will improve. I think the most important thing is not just how you share these assets, but how organised and well you set up your UI components (that your team share). Nested symbols is the key to this, for easy/quick access to all your design systems components and states — then use whichever plugin (Craft, etc) you prefer from the options to distribute/maintain latest versions with the team. I wrote a tutorial that might help:

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  • Posted to Design system resource (download), Mar 16, 2017

    I created a little 'behind the scenes' resource on how I set up a responsive design system for a team of designers to use in Sketch. Also included is a small insight into the documentation. It includes two downloads featuring one of the patterns in the system.

    The Sketch download demos a responsive UI, featuring a small subset of form elements and text styles. If you select the text input symbols you'll see that you can change their state, or switch to a different type of input, retaining all your label and data values. It's only the very tip of the iceberg, but I hope it gives some insight into the potential of the full system in Sketch.

    There is also a PDF download featuring a small excerpt from the documentation for the pattern featured in the Sketch demo.

    I hope it helps :)

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  • Posted to Creating and documenting a design system, Jan 25, 2017

    Sharing this case study article I wrote about creating and documenting a design system. It shares insight into our process, product design, the tools we used to create and implement the system, and also how we document and share the system with our team. Hope you find it interesting :)

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