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Richmond, VA Designer and developer Joined over 1 year ago
A design system can be as simple or complex as you need it to be. For a single designer working on a single platform (or heck, even just a document), it can be as simple as a style guide the colors, iconography, and text styles.
A good design system is a method of being deliberate about design decisions and documenting them in a way that they can be reused easily. I've created style guides for my last three personal projects, and only one of those projects is shared with other people.
Here they are in case you're interested:
And yes, they share a lot of the same basic backbone. That's okay (and intentional). I've also written about design systems, style guides, and pattern libraries and what the differences are.
I published a pretty thorough list of design podcasts a couple months ago.
These are my essentials, but I discovered a TON of other greats compiling the list:
I've been using Things for years, and the new version is really great.
I was happy to! Thanks for creating it!
I just wrote this post this weekend:
Here were my top recommendations, but there's a ton of options and you may find something else you like better.
Not quite the same, but I do post detailed looks at small details under the tag "nice touch" on UXcellence occasionally: https://uxcellence.com/tag/nice+touch
I try to dive past the detail and look at why it's nice and how to put it into practice.
I'll second a suggestion for Craft. The templates are really powerful and simple at the same time. Unlike some CMSes (which were built originally as blogging engines and then repurposed for other uses), you have complete control over the structure of data in Craft. There are also different types of structured sections - from single pages to multi-tiered structures (like a knowledge base).
One of my favorite features of Craft is the Matrix field, which lets you define nested, reusable data structures: https://craftcms.com/docs/matrix-fields
I like it so much I've used it for 3 separate sites over the last year and I'm actively looking to build more sites with it. Here's a taste of what I built with it:
I highlighted a few great portfolios here: https://uxcellence.com/2016/11/17/craft-a-captivating-portfolio
I'd give another hearty huzzah for Craft. It's really easy for something simple, but still powerful if you want to build something more complex.
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