The Style Guide has graduated! It’s now called the Design Language System (or DLS). The DLS is a set of code-designed plug-and-play modules of the approved UI design at AirBNB. Incredible. Design is accelerated, User Experience iterations are in proper context. Less wire, more reality - with a live interface in an extremely fast process. COOL. Kudos to RISD for forcing us all to think about process as part of design.
No matter the tools you use to arrive at your UX solutions keep in mind that there are no defined tools. We must use whatever is fastest. I love white boards - in fact I have seven of them in my house. Love paper mockups, sketching, writing, long discussions about the problem, and I’m also extremely fast in Illustrator, Sketch, Balsamic, Photoshop, and think I’m going to be moving over to Adobe XD soon for prototyping from Sketch-Invision. Then there’s thousands of UX designer process tools like OptimalWorkshop, Optimizely and so so much more. Whatever the challenge, there are UX tools to help you approach the problem and undertand it from the user perspective in a whole new way.
But when you come to your general tool kit of design elements… something you plan to build and expand on, code out the elements, it’s amazing if you can put together a live style guide of elements that works for UX design and the develoment team. It can make the agile design and development proces - magical.