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In 2008, I came across design systems for the first time. Back then, we didn’t know (nor did we care) what a design system was. We didn’t have design principles, nor a grid, nor did we follow established patterns. The only thing we care about was being as pixel perfect as possible with the final product.

To achieve pixel perfection we had a resource dictionary with basic UI controls. Within these style series, we had resources: colours, measures and sizes, which we applied to our UI elements. This helped us to maintain consistency in the application. A change in the dictionary was transmitted to all the controls and styles where they were applied. It was simply marvellous. …


David Aragonés

Interaction and Information Designer at Liferay

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