When tackling complicated topics and ideas, it’s important to study not only the thing itself but the space around it. “Reading around the subject,” as Cottom puts it, is where we find the contextual insights that lead to a nuanced, layered argument.
It’s an old joke that naming things is one of the hard problems of computer science. Design systems are no different, and the names given to components can affect a team’s understanding and ability to collaborate effectively.
Alex Russell breaks down the current state of front-end performance for real world users, from technical advances to usage trends and the importance of Reliance Jio’s 4G rollout across India. The picture is improving, but developers continue to burden average user devices.
“We need to think in terms of systems, not screens. The teams that develop ‘design systems’ (a phrase I increasingly dislike) do so to gain cohesiveness and speed — not to liberate themselves to work more abstractly.”