As we approached the kickoff of this project, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what we call what we are doing. When it was launched, it was called the “Adventist Design Framework”. But in the ensuing years, the name as become weighted down with baggage.
When it was launched, there was a desire to see it become a larger design system. But through a lack of time and funding, the framework is where it is today.
After our 2 days of kick-off meetings with SuperFriendly, it was clear to me that the old name no longer fit. But what should we call it? Is this a design system? A style guide? A pattern library?
We spent some time brainstorming a few options and have settled on a new name: “Adventist Living Pattern System“. While we don’t think we are quite up to calling this a “Design System” (ala Salesforce’s “Lightning Design System”), we also felt that a pattern library didn’t quite give it the full meaning it needs. (Thanks Dan Mall for creating a logo, too!)
And “living”? That’s my favorite part. When we release the templates and Superfriendly’s portion of the project is done, the product is not over. We won’t have all the pieces we need to build every website. The project won’t be over. We want this to be a system that changes and adapts to the needs of a living church.
So what do you think? Leave us your feedback below as we would love to hear from you!