I've been looking at a recent A List Apart article on creating pattern libraries. They point to a few example pattern libraries:
Now working in a UX Team that services a global product family, this seems something we should be investing our time in.
The above article also refers to an open-source repository to help you build up your own pattern library. This is fantastic, but being greedy I want more! :)
The answer to the following question may well be 'get some development time and roll your own', but is there a repository/product out there which will help me build our own pattern library as well as do the following:
- Allow us to tag patterns so we can see them in different contexts? i.e. patterns used in a particular product, patterns used on small screens, form patterns, etc. This will allow us to build up a powerful IA for the library
- Allow us to be technology agnostic - as a UX Team we don't want to dictate to the developers which technology they should use (whether that is server or client side). This may limit us in what we can add to the library, but we want to start with just showing examples based on semantic and accessible markup.
- Allow us to overlay different stylesheets. We work with many clients who want there own brand and the ability for stylesheet switching would be great as well as a powerful sales tool.
I'm sure I could think of other items to add to this list, but I've only just started thinking about this :)
Thanks in advance