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Sarrah Vesselov and Taurie DavisBuilding Design Systemshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-4514-9_4

4. Design As a Language

Sarrah Vesselov1  and Taurie Davis2
Dade City, FL, USA
Portland, OR, USA
Communication is essential in our everyday lives. It allows us to distribute knowledge, learn complex ideas, and facilitate the development of relationships. Successful communication is achieved when people share the same language. By thinking about design systems as a shared language, your organization will establish a better and more consistent means of communication. The basis of language is composed of two attributes:
  • Lexicon: Within a language, a lexicon refers to the total number of fragments (or words) that ...

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