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Expressive Design Systems

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Good design systems can help you create digital products with efficiency and consistency. But great design systems will support and strengthen your team’s creativity at the same time. In Expressive Design Systems, Yesenia Perez-Cruz shows you how to build useful, dependable systems that not only maintain harmony across your products, but also flex to accommodate inspiratio ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published November 21st 2019 by A Book Apart
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Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A brief, yet insightful look into what goes behind the scenes when creating a design system.
Katie Kovalcin
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Yesenia provides a thoughtful and deliberate approach to enabling expression and variation in a design system. Her clear examples demystify much of a designers’ thought process and outlines the borders of a system where creativity can flourish. One of the best books for people working with design systems!
Arturo Ríos
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brief, straight-to-the-point guide to craft design systems that are purposeful, meaningful, and scalable.
Through examples mainly from Vox Media and Shopify, Yesenia eloquently articulates a framework to embed brand elements into a design system.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A wonderful summary of design systems. It feels like an expansion on Brad Frost's atomic design, but details more on how to make it flexible enough to work. Maybe Brad tried to do that too but atomic gets mucked up in the language. ...more
Sophie Shepherd
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential for any designer who works with other designers from the years of 2019-2040
Andrew Johnson
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Practical and eye opening guide to how to think about creating an actually good design system from end to end.
Simon MacDonald
After reading this book I have a much better understanding of the design system we use at work.
Olivier Grange-Labat
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love books. But what I love even more is short books full of great content. Expressive Design Systems fall in this category.

The chapters are well organized and flow smoothly, from the initial diagnosis and thinking process to working on a design system and later on managing it. I loved how Yesenia shares her experience working on design systems at Vox and Shopify with practical advices.


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