UI kits may not be the most exciting topic a designer can write about, but it can be one of the more controversial ones. Everyone has a slightly different opinion on how they should be built, and what they should include. This is tied closely to opinions on how products should be designed, developed and refined.
While there are many opinions about UI kits, below are two principles we feel are important to embrace when creating a UI kit:
- Style guides and UI kits as deliverables need to be respected and cannot be overlooked as “easy.”
- There is no “one size fits all” formula for a UI kit. Its content and the process of creation depend on the needs of a product team, the way designers plan to interact with the development team (if at all), and the capabilities of front-end and back-end developers.
Below is a deck we put together to document some of what we’ve learned at Handsome about creating UI Kits.