The other day I read Jenny Odell’s piece about how to do nothing – it’s all about the value of free, public spaces like gardens – and since then I’ve been mulling over this part especially:
…those spaces which are not seen as commercially productive are always under threat, since what they “produce” can’t be measured or exploited or even easily identified — despite the fact that anyone in the neighborhood can tell you what an immense value the garden provides.
Perhaps this is my own lunacy and obsession at work here but I couldn’t help make the comparison to design systems, too. A design team’s component library is a garden, a public space, and all features and products are a threat to destabilize the community’s shared environment.
Okay I’m going to go to bed now and pretend I didn’t type this GOODNIGHT, SIR.
Behold! My newsletter—sent infrequently—about new things that I’m working on. Every so often it’ll contain notes about web design and publishing things that I’m interested in, too.