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Yesenia Perez-Cruz Expressive Design Systems

Learn to build purposeful design systems that support and strengthen your team’s creativity.

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Good design systems can help you create digital products with efficiency and consistency. But great design systems will support and strengthen your team’s creativity at the same time. In Expressive Design Systems, Yesenia Perez-Cruz shows you how to build useful, dependable systems that not only maintain harmony across your products, but also flex to accommodate inspiration and experimentation. Learn to communicate your brand, collaborate across teams—and do so much more than standardize components.

This book explores:

  • Purpose and Principles
  • The Process Behind the System
  • Communicating Your Brand
  • Making Room for Variation
  • Managing Design Systems

Throughout her career, Yesenia Perez-Cruz has helped countless teams plan, design, and integrate truly impressive—and expressive—design systems into their products. It’s no surprise that her book is a delightfully comprehensive guide, helping ensure you and your team can do the same.

Ethan Marcotte
Author of Responsive Web Design
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This a must-read for anyone starting a design system or already working on an established system. From principles to process, this book will strengthen the ways in which teams build products, resulting in harmonious, branded experiences that users love.

Alex Skougarevskaya
Design leader at Atlassian
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I found myself instinctively nodding my head as I read through Expressive Design Systems. Yesenia Perez-Cruz has unlocked new ways of thinking about systems that have resonated deeply with me. Don’t be mistaken; this book is not just theory. It is loaded with practical examples and best practices that will help guide your team toward a cohesive system.

Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain
Principal designer at Shopify
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Yesenia Perez-Cruz

About the Author

Yesenia Perez-Cruz is a design leader, public speaker, and writer based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, she’s helped countless teams strategize, design, and implement their brand identity and design systems. Currently, she leads a cross-functional team on the Polaris design system team at Shopify. Previously, as Senior Director of Product Design at Vox Media, she led the design system for Vox Media properties, including The Verge, Vox, and Eater.

Yesenia has been a featured speaker at conferences around the world like An Event Apart, Design Matters, and SXSW Interactive on topics like web performance, responsive design, and design systems.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 978-1-952616-08-2
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Published: Nov 21, 2019

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