HomeNewsDesign Systems: Why Snowflakes Are Counterintuitively Integral

Design Systems: Why Snowflakes Are Counterintuitively Integral



Published on | Prototyping: From UX to Front End — Medium Mike Rivera The problem Design systems (e.g. style guides, pattern libraries, etc.) are all the rage. They speed product design through consistency of patterns, components and behaviors which, in turn, drives out random, one-off elements (let’s call them ‘snowflakes’). It’s a noble goal, except that design systems also slow down product teams. The drive for consistency and the efficiencies that stem from it can crowd out the flexibility needed to craft the right element for the right situation at