Design APIs: The Evolution of Design Systems

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A clever idea from Matthew Ström:

[…] design APIs don’t seem like a stretch of the imagination. An API-driven approach is the natural extension of the work currently being done on design systems, including tokens and standardization projects.

If you buy into the idea of design tokens, that expresses itself as a chunk of JSON with things like colors and spacing values. No reason an API couldn’t deliver that, potentially empowering a build process that pulls the most recent decisions from a central location.

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