May 13, 2024
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Richard Banfield

Why You Should Focus on Measuring Cycle Time Instead of Design System Adoption

Most design system leaders have looked to adoption as a primary metric to measure and demonstrate the value of their system. We argue that adoption metrics focus on the tool rather than what the tool can do, in other words, adoption is not a good measure of the value a design system provides. Instead, design teams should focus on cycle time to benchmark and measure the impact and ROI of their design system.

Measuring Cycle Time Instead of Design System Adoption
March 20, 2024
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Richard Banfield

Modern work: The Frankenstack and How To Overcome The Monster

Learn how to tame the Frankenstack monster and streamline workflows in modern workplaces. Simplify tools, prioritize value, and boost productivity.

March 5, 2024
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Richard Banfield

The Art of Slow: Leadership Strategies for Sustainable Design Systems

Discover how enterprise leaders are reshaping design system development, prioritizing stability, transparency, and team well-being for sustainable success.

February 20, 2024
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Richard Banfield

Complex vs Complicated: Unified Design System Solutions

Unlock seamless collaboration with Knapsack's unified design system. Simplify complexities & streamline workflows for digital product teams.

February 7, 2024
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Brittany Smart

5 Important Factors for Leveling Up Your Design System Documentation

Take your design system to new heights through focused and thoughtful documentation.

January 24, 2024
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Josh Mabry

GPTs: Customizing ChatGPT

OpenAI recently unveiled an exciting new feature - the ability for anyone with a ChatGPT Plus subscription to create their own customized version of ChatGPT, called GPTs.

July 24, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Building Thriving Design System Communities with Christophe Coutzoukis Design System Lead at Zapier

Christophe and Chris discuss the art of building thriving design system communities. They share their profound insights and experiences, offering valuable perspectives on fostering vibrant and inclusive communities that flourish with creativity and collaboration.

July 19, 2023
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Josh Mabry

How to chat with your knowledge base

We’ll take a look at how to use ChatGPT and similar language models to answer questions based on your documentation.

July 12, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Harnessing the power of design systems to unify your team with Adam Sedwick, Senior Product Manager

Adam and Chris discuss the power of design systems and their ability to break down barriers between designers and developers.

June 22, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Richard Banfield, Advisor & Recovering CEO: What does iterative work look like in design systems?

Richard and Chris discuss iterative work and how integral thinking by doing is when progressing work forward.

June 20, 2023
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Lindsay Jones

Why Design Systems Fail

The root cause of design systems' failure is centered around the lack of focus on the people.

June 15, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Using system thinking to make informed decisions with Sheryl Cababa, Chief Strategy Officer at Substantial

Sheryl and Chris discuss the complexities of the design system space as it involves human behaviours.

May 31, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Designing to scale with Danielle MacDonald Creative Head, Digital Product Design at Waters

Hear from Creative Head, Danielle MacDonald on the impact of designing at scale and how it can increase ROI.

May 24, 2023
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Chris Strahl

People are the heart of design systems with Chris Deluca Senior Front-End Developer at Lullabot

Chris Deluca and Chris discuss the significance of prioritizing people in the process of developing design systems. They explore a central question that consistently arises: Whose lives are you striving to enrich and simplify?

May 23, 2023
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Jake Love

Simplify your Knapsack-powered design system with Figma and Tailwind integrations: May product updates

We’re excited to announce we’ve open sourced some of our design tokens tools, made it easier for you to manage content within your design system, and have enhanced features to make it easier to integrate with Figma Tokens Studio and Tailwind.

May 16, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Design with code and AI: Pinata's Kendall Totten interviews Knapsack CEO Chris Strahl

Kendall and Chris discuss how design systems represent the strategic platform for how a company creates product.

May 10, 2023
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Chris Strahl

The single source of truth mentality: Meta, pt. 2

A round table discussion hosted by Chris and Andrew from Knapsack with the Meta Blueprint team, part two.

May 3, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Driving consistency across systems: Meta, pt. 1

A round table discussion hosted by Chris and Andrew from Knapsack with the Meta Blueprint team (part one).

April 27, 2023
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Jake Love

Product updates: Experience accessible and coordinated Workflows in Knapsack

March and April have been very busy for our product team and we’ve got some exciting updates to share.

April 26, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Design token takes, pt. 2

Kaelig, Darren, and Chris talk tokens and code: “Using a whole different type of brain.”

April 25, 2023
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Josh Mabry

Using AI to Improve Web Accessibility

Explore the current state of web accessibility, the tools available that use AI technology, and advice on incorporating them into your own products.

April 18, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Design token takes, pt. 1

Amber, Taylor, and Chris talk tokens; the pros and cons.

April 6, 2023
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Chris Bloom

Building more inclusive products for a better user experience

A recap of our conversation with Catharine McNally, GitHub, on building more inclusive products for a better user experience.

March 30, 2023
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Jon Weaver

The Importance of strategic viewpoints in selecting design systems

The importance of strategic viewpoints during the process of selecting design systems as well as the benefits of design systems.

March 23, 2023
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Jake Love

All you need for your design system checklist

A checklist to gain a clear understanding of the success of their design system and make informed decisions about its future development.

March 16, 2023
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Josh Mabry

Accessibility in Design Systems

Creating websites and products that are accessible to all is essential for enhancing the user experience.

March 13, 2023
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Chris Strahl

Is a design system a business asset or a technical asset?

Morgane and Chris discuss how design systems can extend beyond being just a technical asset to offer business value, patterns, and ROI.

March 7, 2023
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Jake Love

Building a Sustainable and Scalable Workflow Around Design Tokens

Looking at what design tokens are, how to theme with tokens, and what their standards are as well as how to manage tokens using Knapsack.

March 7, 2023
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Evan Lovely

Evan Lovely CTO & Co-Founder of Knapsack: Source of truth should be the user experience

Evan and Chris discuss source of truth and how it is linked most importantly to overall user experience opposed to just design or code.

February 23, 2023
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Brittany Smart

How to build your design system from start to finish

Knapsack’s Design System Process Miro Board is available for visual representation of design system processes, and practical templates to copy and use.

February 17, 2023
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Mark Reynolds

The future possibilities of design tokens

Design tokens have been embraced across the industry as a simple yet powerful way to align design, engineering, and product teams on core brand styling.

February 8, 2023
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Jake Love

Planning the technical architecture of your design system

These are our biggest takeaways and common themes from our conversations on design system technical architecture.

February 2, 2023
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Evan Lovely

Design Tokens in Knapsack

We’ve organized our perspective into a few key areas we see as critical to building a sustainable and scalable workflow around design tokens.

January 11, 2023
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Lindsay Jones

The Design Systems Podcast reaches 100K listens

Knapsack is excited to announce that our Design System podcast has reached 100,000 listens!

December 9, 2022
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Andrew Rohman

Design System Tooling: DIY, End-to-end, or multi-tool?

Knapsack explores the three tool options for design systems; DIY / Build your own, End-to-end platforms and Multi-tool integration.

October 31, 2022
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Andrew Rohman

Design System Adoption Insights

We surveyed over 100 design system managers and contributors to better understand the challenges they’re facing around adoption. Here are 5 of the top insights that the survey revealed.

September 29, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Theming in Design Systems

Join Jake Love, Knapsack's Senior Solutions Engineer, for a 30 minute deep dive into theming, with real, live examples of design system theming.

September 21, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Evan Lovely, Chris Bloom, Jake Love, and Brittany Smart from Knapsack: Hot Takes on the State of Design Systems

Evan Lovely (Head of Product & Engineering), Chris Bloom (Principal Front-End Engineer), Jake Love (Senior Solutions Engineer), and Brittany Smart (Solutions Engineer) join Chris to discuss the state of design systems today. Listen to hot takes on everything from the lesser known elements of successful design systems to the role vulnerability should play in your system.

September 20, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Knapsack Demo with CEO Chris Strahl

Join CEO and co-founder, Chris Strahl, for an in-depth overview of Knapsack's enterprise-grade design system platform.

September 7, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Stephen Gates: What makes a good design leader?

Stephen Gates and Chris discuss the realities of design system leadership, unconventional sources of inspiration, and the impact of design on society.

August 4, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Using design tokens to unify styling across products

Knapsack’s Senior Solutions Engineer Jake Love joins us for a 30-minute conversation that will give teams more insight into the role design tokens play in a successful design system. Gain an understanding of exactly what design tokens are (and aren’t), ways designers and developers can use tokens in their everyday workflows, and how Knapsack’s token engine helps teams work more efficiently.

August 1, 2022
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Ryan Peterson

Vojtech Miksu from Uber: Next-gen tooling for developers

Vojtech Miksu (Software Engineer at Uber) and Evan Lovely (Chief Architect at Knapsack) join Chris to discuss the gap between a frontend developer’s code base and what actually gets shipped, the next-gen tool (Ladle) Vojtech created to address this, and ultimately helping developers get closer to what end users experience.

July 7, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Make editing intuitive for everyone: June product updates

June's product updates streamline the editing and publishing workflow in Knapsack. We've added a new approval step for Editors, implemented auto-commit for Admin users, introduced a page visibility toggle, and earned our SOC 2 Type 2 certification. Dig in to the details and see what's changed.

June 30, 2022
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Eva Morrison

How to connect your design system to engineering workflows

To get maximum value from your design system, designers and developers need to work together to use it well. While the code side of things might sound intimidating (or boring) to designers, a basic understanding of how developers use your design system can improve collaboration and make teams more effective. Watch the 30 minute webinar now to learn more.

June 15, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Fast-track your design system set up: May product updates

May's product updates are focused on providing a faster path to setting up your design system. We've introduced SSO, added new integrations with GitLab and Bitbucket, improved documentation workflows and so much more. See what's changing here at Knapsack.

June 6, 2022
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Ryan Peterson

Meghan Rosatelli and Saejin Choi from Capital One: Navigating design system convergence, adoption, and contribution simultaneously

Meghan Rosatelli and Saejin Choi join Chris to discuss transitioning multiple design systems into one, shifting system consumers’ mindset from working with a local system to working with a global system, and using play to drive excitement and adoption of a design system.

May 16, 2022
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Chris Strahl

Bridging old and new media with News UK’s design system, NewsKit

Nick, Ellis, and Chris discuss how News UK’s design system, NewsKit, united multiple disparate brands in a central source of truth, and how infrastructure management has helped scale design and engineering practices.

May 5, 2022
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Eva Morrison

Product updates: building a more flexible design system manager

Our recent product updates are all about flexibility and customization, helping you build a design system that embodies your company’s design philosophy.

May 2, 2022
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Shayna Hodkin

The nuances of design system management

Curious about the fun parts of design systems? Check out this episode of the Design Systems Podcast featuring Davy Fung, co-host of design systems podcast Design System Office Hours, who joined Chris to talk about working creatively within design system constraints, common structures for design systems, and building a Jedi Council of Design System Advocates.

April 21, 2022
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Chris Strahl

What is systems thinking and how is it connected to design systems?

Systems thinking can change the way you build digital experiences. How? Read on.

April 19, 2022
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Xiangjun (Shixie) Shi Trofimov

Lessons learned from working on Carbon for IBM.com

Xiangjun (Shixie) Shi Trofimov, Design Lead of Carbon for IBM.com design system, shares her experience on a service-oriented design system team.

April 18, 2022
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Shayna Hodkin

Una Kravets from Google Chrome: The internet’s dirty secret

Una, Chris Bloom, and Chris Strahl talk about production-level code, the accessibility of Web3, and the new sliced bread of the web. Prepare for Una to blow your mind with how dynamic CSS can be.

April 13, 2022
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Ryan Peterson

Patterns: the leaders-only design systems retreat

Mark your calendars for June 6-9. We’re hosting 50 product, engineering, and design leaders for three days of learning, sharing, and design systems. Here’s why you should join us.

April 4, 2022
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Shayna Hodkin

Why design systems should be part of your company’s DNA

Corey and Chris discuss how design systems represent an organization’s lifeblood, the sisyphean parts of design system maintenance, and what stands out about design system culture at Compass.

March 21, 2022
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Shayna Hodkin

Building an accessible, inclusive design system at Adobe

Matt, Veda, and Chris discuss how Matt and Veda have incorporated accessibility and inclusion into one of the world’s most well-known design systems, Spectrum. Matt shares his experience getting accessibility principles into Spectrum on the ground floor, and Veda discusses how inclusion fits into design systems.

March 15, 2022
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Shayna Hodkin

Keeping your design system synced: February product updates (and *N-SYNC puns)

February's product updates will keep your product team in sync—this I promise you.

March 14, 2022
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Shayna Hodkin

The long evolution of Wayfair's design system

Neva, Rogin, and Chris discuss the gradual process of building a holistic design system team and achieving cross-functional design system adoption.

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