🧑🏾‍🎨 Should you allow style overrides? (#48)

August 23, 2021


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One of the first decisions you have to make when starting a design system’s component library is whether you will allow style overrides.

This can be a controversial topic. I’ve had (passionate) discussions about this topic on 3 of the 4 design systems I’ve worked on.

At the time of this writing, 168 people have voted on this Twitter poll.

Like most design systems questions — I think that it depends heavily on the business needs the design system is trying to solve.

Restrict style overrides Allow style overrides
- You want to enforce design consistency across multiple codebases - You need to support vastly different visual, multi-product experiences
- You want to raise design inconsistency to the DS maintainers - You are building foundational components anyone can use

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