Design systems are language

Jeff Eaton rants about how AI is not going to replace design systems, but I think the more interesting part of this is the recognition that systems are a kind of language—that is, they don’t exist to eliminate the need to communicate but to facilitate that communication. As Eaton writes, “The solution is to engage with the concept of a design system, to grapple with its language-like nature, and to create one that can evolve through use to meet emerging needs. One that can vary contextually but retain consistency across many communities. One that is only successful when it enables groups of creative humans to communicate effectively.”