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Duet Design System

Here’s a lovely Design System that interestingly uses Eleventy for its reference website and other generated artefacts:

We use Eleventy for both the static documentation and the dynamically generated parts like component playgrounds and design tokens. We don’t currently use a JavaScript framework on the website, except Duet’s own components.

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Astro

Astro looks very interesting. It’s in part a static site builder (a bit like Eleventy) but it also comes with a modern (revolutionary?) developer experience which lets you author components as web components or in a JS framework of your choice but then renders those to static HTML for optimal performance. Oh, and as far as I can tell theres no build pipeline!

Astro lets you use any framework you want (or none at all). And if most sites only have islands of interactivity, shouldn’t our tools optimize for that?

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GDS on Twitter: The GOV.UK Design System is turning 3 years old!

The GOV.UK Design System is a nice Design System success story. At 3 years old it’s reporting high traffic, usage and satisfaction ratings. GDS do so much great, thoughtful and inclusive work (which they also share with the community) and it’s inspiring to see it being a success.

There are now more than 900 live cross-government services using the GOV.UK Design System - 75% more than a year ago. It’s being used in more than 2,600 repositories on GitHub and has been forked more than 200 times.

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