I agree with that. This comment was more with regards to the system itself enforcing the standards. i.e. When standards become code, it tends to disincentize experimentation and can promote a false impression that design is most successful when optimized. (That sentence took a long time to write so I’m sure it makes no sense). So while I agree with you, I do think that in reality a codified design system does not promote ingenuity – it promotes sameness. Fighting that is difficult, but not impossible.

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