Contributions to Design Systems

Opening a Library to a Community’s Code, Design, and More

Nathan Curtis
Mar 14, 2017 · 6 min read
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Who & What? Designer’s Design, Developer’s Code, People Do Make Lots of Things


How Big? Small Changes Are Easy, Large Changes Are Hard

Small Changes

Large Changes

Process for Large Changes: “Request for Comment” (RFC)


How Good? Set Expectations on Quality

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Button kitchen sink page, showing variety of states and variations

How To? Set Expectations on Documentation, Too

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Button documentation from Google Material Design and Salesforce Lightning

Expect to Normalize Contributions, Then and Thereafter


Praise Contributor Value in Public Settings


EightShapes

A collection of stories, studies, and deep thinking from…

Nathan Curtis

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Founded UX firm @eightshapes, contributing to the design systems field through consulting and workshops. VT & @uchicago grad.

EightShapes

A collection of stories, studies, and deep thinking from EightShapes

Nathan Curtis

Written by

Founded UX firm @eightshapes, contributing to the design systems field through consulting and workshops. VT & @uchicago grad.

EightShapes

A collection of stories, studies, and deep thinking from EightShapes

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