Focusing on vocabulary creates tribal knowledge and cognitive debt for newcomers. If every time someone joins your team or adopts your system you have the same conversation about why a design system is not the styleguide but what’s the pattern library and are components the same as modules but aren’t design tokens just variables, then we’re using up valuable time. We can make this less confusing.
“True collaboration isn’t throwing designs over the wall. It’s designers, engineers, and the rest of the team sharing the responsibility to build a quality product. Reduce the barriers, support and empower them, and designers who code will become the norm.”
Overflow menus seem like the perfect solution. Designers can “take away” complexity and leave just the really important bits. You can quickly and easily create a clean looking user interface. The trouble with overflow menus is that you didn’t actually take anything away, you just obnoxiously obfuscated it.