Case Study

Hurdles and joys of building a style guide

In my previous article, “CSS architectures for UI developers” I've tried to express how complicated is the situation surrounding the ideation, creation, and management of design systems for the web.

I worked with Atomic Design and the PatternLab tool on at least 3 major projects, most notably during my period at Sainsbury’s in introducing and creating from scratch the style guide for the now defunct Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Line, helped the Groceries on Line team in getting their own style guide sorted, and supervised as a technical advisor the initial creation of the global Sainsbury’s style guide, project Luna.

In this article, I’d like to highlight some of the problems we solved in using a pattern library, and more importantly, some of the problems I’ve encountered in the first of these projects, by creating a pattern library for a legacy project.

Making a website shouldn't be that difficult

Or so I thought.

NASA Personal Life Support SystemWhat my website plan looked like - © NASA Archives: blueprint for the Personal Life Support System.

I’ve just released my new portfolio at http://peach.smartart.it: this redesign started two years ago, with more or less 3 months non-stop of work during any spare time I had.
I’ve tried to put into it as many good practices and methodologies I could, only those that were fit for purpose and could help me ship something that would be extensible and as much future-proof as possible. Do you want to build your website too? Read through before you lose your mind.