In recent years, the styleguide has been given a refresh, and with the introduction of the concept of a Design System, or a Design Language. With this, comes a whole new approach that can epically effect how a product team approaches design as a whole.
With a solid, consistent, well explained and thought out system, the visual aspect of creating a design becomes totally modular. Products such as Craft by Invision or Brand.ai have made the visual design phase almost drag and drop to a certain extent.
Creating safety in the knowledge that the elements you’re using are consistent with every other designer on the team. They remove any animosity from the visual design phase, almost to a level where creating low-fidelity prototypes are a thing of the past.
“Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.” – Massimo Vignelli
i’ve been messing around with redoing an old styleguide and updating it since it’s been a couple years since anybody took a stab at it, and i gotta say… this article is right on point, mang.
it’s harder that it looks, and will usually have you putting on that thinking cap and thinking things through.
PS. it’s just a pixel, baby!