Chapter 5 Maintaining Design Systems

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Done and done

One essential expectation to reset is the concept of done. Print and other physical mediums involve creating tangible objects that have a sense of finality to them. That simply doesn’t exist in the digital world. The ephemeral nature of the Web is something that needs to be extolled to your clients, colleagues, and stakeholders. If we’re to create living design systems, we need to recognize that the Web is never done, and that our work can and should be constantly evolved and improved upon over time.

Make It Maintainable

The Holy Grail

Make it cross-disciplinary

Make it Approachable

Make it visible

Make it Agnostic

Make it Contextual

Make it last

Go forth and be atomic