What sets Knapsack apart
from Storybook?

Storybook is a great tool for developers who want to work alone. For developers who want to build long-lasting, impactful design systems, they need a tool that lets them collaborate with designers.

Why are teams switching from Storybook to Knapsack?


Knapsack is built for dynamic workflows.

No more Storybook stories to maintain. Using Knapsack, you can build collaboratively within the platform. Storybook is a collection of static assets that aren’t representative of where your design system is going.


Knapsack is always up to date.

Unlike Storybook, Knapsack allows technical and non-technical collaborators to take advantage of robust version control and structured data, so your whole team can build without guesswork or approximation.


Knapsack lets everyone contribute.

Storybook isn’t accessible to most designers, but Knapsack makes them partners in the design system process. Create a pattern library that designers can actually use and contribute to, that’s all part of an always up-to-date cloud experience.
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"The flexibility of Knapsack makes it an ideal tool for us to integrate into existing build processes to ensure design, product, and development are all on the same page with the components we have, how to integrate them, and to ensure the stability of those components as they change."

Mike Lively
VP of Architecture at Slickdeals

What makes Knapsack different?

Stop doing extra work

Maintaining a system and the products that use it is enough work. Why waste precious time updating demo examples for your docs? Knapsack’s dynamic documentation and playground automatically update when the system source changes, so you can spend more time building and less time re-building.

Powered by an API and
data schemas

Get your data in the format you want it in with the knowledge and security that you control changes. Knapsack’s robust version control means there’s no need to resync fields, no manual API documentation, and no concerns about stale or out-of-date assets.

Handles asset theming out of
the box

Asset sets in Knapsack enable engineers to implement themes or other collections of styles easily right out of the box, no plugins needed.

This framework applies to production too, giving you a straightforward approach to managing and applying themes across your applications.

Flexibility for your
complex ecosystem

Support multiple teams, brands, technologies, and design tools in one workspace that’s accessible and easy to use for everyone you work with.

No need to worry about set up
and maintenance

Build and ship within one platform without needing to search for open-source plugins that, between us, don’t always get the job done. Knapsack is built and supported by design system professionals.

Live help when you need it

We’ve built out a great knowledge benter, but we know that there’s nothing like live support. We’re here for you whenever you need us.

Collaborate with designers on an accessible pattern library

Involve designers in a safe, controlled fashion by working in a platform that they can use too.

“From brainstorming to production-ready code, we can visualize production components in a prototype setting. Between designers, engineers, and product managers, everyone has their part utilizing Knapsack to help maintain consistency across our applications.”

Garrett Whisten
Product Design Engineer at GumGum
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