Finding inspiration in the architectural practice of incremental building and participatory design

Sometimes I feel design systems, even design systems I’ve helped build, don’t leave enough space undefined. In trying to solve everything, limit the effectiveness of the system overall. We ask for creativity to spring forth only within contained boxes where it plays nicely with the rest of our components. The logic is rational for any systems designer. We know a harmonious whole is more powerful than the sum of parts, so we prioritize the whole system. You could even argue that is the whole job of a design system. …

Eric Ishii Eckhardt

Design Leader, Sporadic Writer.

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