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Europe Designer @kiwi.com Joined about 4 years ago via an invitation from Oskar Z.
As with everything in design, it really comes down to your target audience, your app/web and vibe you are going for.
So ... yeah, it depends.
Yeah, not good :d
I'm not sure what is happening with their design language, but it is a mess on almost all their pages.
I believe I do.
I've designed two smaller sized design systems for SaaS apps, as well as helped to design huge design system for Kiwi.com front end as well as our mobile apps. So ...
I agree that the semantics of using words like atoms, molecules, and organisms isn't very clear for people who haven't read Atomic Design book. But as the book itself states, you can call it however you want. You don't have to be so explicit about it. If components and elements work for your environment, then use it without worry.
The logic behind the naming convention resides in whether the thing can be broken down into something smaller. So if you have a form field with a label, you can separate them into atoms. Into two separate entities.
What worked for me the best was adopting the logic for the three most basic levels. Atoms, molecules, and organisms (as mentioned before, you can call them however you want).
The book follows with a higher level of abstraction for pages and others, but this usually gets complicated, and out of the scope, so I stopped using these for now and focus mainly on the three basic stages.
I was about to write something similar until I noticed Helen's comment, so I will expand on it a little bit.
Note to myself, don't use emojis in the comments, because it will truncate everything after them and you will need to rewrite the whole thing :( Twice ...
It sounds like you lost the passion, or it wasn't there, to begin with? If you do have the passion for the craft then don't worry, this is only a temporary problem!
What helped me quite a bit was connecting not with designers, but with developers. They usually have some side projects already going on, but need designers skills to polish them up. Not only did I made some cool friends this way, but these guys also recommended me to their companies where I started doing business. It also helped me to build a portfolio of real-life products, which is far more valuable then hypothetical projects.
Will be definitely worth your time!
Something I did when I was looking for a job half a year ago
I've worked most of my career as a solo designer in products of various scale. And for the last year or so I've started designing design systems for every project I do.
First we should define what is a design system. Or more precisely how many components or symbols do you need in order to call the collection of them a design system. In my books, it doesn't matter whether it is a collection of tens or hundreds of symbols or just two.
Now, Todd Cantley in one of the comments here mentioned that they take a bit of time to complete. Which is 100% true. BUT! The more projects I did, the more I discovered that basically every project shared a very specific set of components. Like buttons, inputs and some very basic typographic styles. If it is an iPhone app then alerts, and modal views. If it is a website then you need a navigation, footer and so on.
So I figured out, that in order to save some time for myself and at the same time provide more value to my clients I should design systems for every project I do (I have one else for desktop too). And I did it by designing templates, which handles most of the setup phase (90%), and the rest is just visual adjustments for the respective projects.
So basically every time I start a new project I already have a basic design system set up.
PS: This is not a promo post for my template, but rather a suggestion that you should create your custom template yourself that fits your needs, and reuse it where possible. It is 100% worth it.
A great example of why not to use profanity on your websites.
You are devaluating your content because of your hacker-growth-like headline. Sounds cheap.
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