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Style Guide Driven Development with React

Style guides and pattern libraries are a great collaboration and communication tool in cross-functional teams. These tools have many names and variations (see styleguides.io), but in this post I’ll just call them style guides. Essentially they break down the user interface into its component parts, and serve as a resource for new designers and developers to locate existing patterns for further use. Decoupling the UI from application data, and splitting the UI into components often results in a more consistent and efficient UI for users.

Architecting CSS for Responsive Large Scale Applications

CSS is often regarded as a second-class citizen in web development. It doesn’t always get the same level of attention as JavaScript does. The problem is that CSS is flat, global and unstructured by nature, so developers need to create and enforce systematic conventions for writing it. Many developers are opinionated and under tight deadlines, so without an agreed set of rules the team commits to, CSS can spiral out of control very quickly. A good design system provides meaning for designers and developers, making development easier and more maintainable in the long term. It’s almost like building with LEGO bricks!