Published August 25, 2016
Build A Better Style Guide
When style guides fail they are narrow in scope, and rarely updated. When done right, however, they are an essential tool for design and product teams.
Here are some tips for creating and maintaining a relevant style guide:
- Purpose: Describe its function to users—what it is and why it matters.
- Experience: Organize and design it with the user experience in mind.
- Naming: Design patterns should be named agnostically to reduce duplication.
- Context: Add context with information that defines the purpose of assets. For example, answer questions such as, “Where are ‘horizontal tabs’ used?” “What happens if I make changes to a pattern?”
- Maintenance: It should be easy to maintain and sync with your production environment.
- Work Flow: Usage and maintenance should be part of the team’s process.
- Visibility: It should be visible, so that everyone in the organization knows where it is and how to access it.
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