Specimens for Design Systems

Leverage the wide variety of powerful React components of @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-specimens to build your design system. Display your colors, typography or any other design tokens with ease and focus on the design system itself, not on how to showcase it. Works seamlessly with MDX.

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Also be sure to check out other Free & Open Source Gatsby Themes and my Personal Website.

Features

  • Theme UI-based theming
  • Suitable for MDX
  • Offers React components specifically designed for design systems. You can display:
    • Colors as swatches and rows. Individually placed or automated from an object/array in your theme file
    • Typography e.g. font-family, font-size, font-weight and headings
    • Spacing scales
    • Audio files and downloads
    • border-radius or box-shadow
    • Alerts to emphasize important messages

Installation

npm install @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-specimens

And in your gatsby-config.js:

// gatsby-config.js
module.exports = {
plugins: [
{
resolve: `@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-specimens`,
options: {}
}
}
]
}

View the theme's README to see more instructions on how to set up this theme!

Specimens

  • Alert
  • Audio
  • Border Radius
  • Color Families
  • Color Row
  • Color Swatch
  • Download
  • Font Family
  • Font Size
  • Font Weight
  • Heading
  • Palette: Color Rows
  • Palette: Color Swatches
  • Sizes
  • Shadows
  • Space
  • Video

Please note: Components wrapped in a render() don't need to be written this way in your MDX files - it's only necessary for react-live demos on this page.

Alert

Variants: alerts.success, alerts.hint, alerts.warning, alerts.info, alerts.danger

Available props:

  • type (string) (optional) (Default: "hint")
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Audio

Variant: audio.specimens

Available props:

  • src (string) - Must be a valid path on your webserver, e.g. the sound file below is placed inside src/static/sounds
  • name (string) (optional) (Default: "")
  • desc (string) (optional) (Default: "")
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Border Radius

Variant: tables.borderRadius

Available props:

  • radii

radii has to be in the following format:

radii: {
[key: string]: string
}

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Color Families

Variant: families.specimens

Available props:

  • colors (Record<string, string[]>)

colors has to be in the following format:

colors: {
[key: string]: string[]
}

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Color Row

Variant: rows.specimens

Available props:

  • color (string) - Must be in HEX format
  • name (string)
  • prefix (string) (optional) (Default: "")
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Color Swatch

Variant: swatches.specimens

Available props:

  • color (string) - Must be in HEX format
  • name (string) (optional) (Default: "")
  • minimal (boolean) (optional) (Default: false)
  • prefix (string) (optional) (Default: "")
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Download

Variant: download.specimens

Available props:

  • src (string) - Must be a valid path on your webserver, e.g. the file below is placed inside src/static/downloads
  • name (string)
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Font Family

Variant: typography.fontFamily

Available props:

  • fonts
  • previewText (string) (optional) - Replace "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" with something custom

fonts has to be in the following format:

fonts: {
[key: string]: string
}

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Font Size

Variant: typography.fontSize

Available props:

  • fontSizes

fontSizes has to be in the following format:

fontSizes: string[] | number[]

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Font Weight

Variant: typography.fontWeight

Available props:

  • fontWeights
  • previewText (string) (optional) - Replace "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" with something custom

fontWeights has to be in the following format:

fontWeights: {
[key: string]: string
}

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Heading

Variants: typography.heading, codeStyles.default

Available props:

  • styles
  • theme
  • previewText (string) (optional) - Replace "Heading" with something custom

If you're already using Theme UI your theme file already has all necessary keys (styles, fontSizes, fontWeights, fonts). As you can see in the below example the theme.styles has entries like h1 which then will be used to display.

You can filter which keys to show by using the helper function filterStyles({ input, allowed }).

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Palette: Color Rows

Available props:

  • colors - If you use Theme UI you can use the helper function normalizeThemeUIColors({ colors }) to convert the array of color strings to the necessary format
  • prefix (string) (optional) (Default: "")

colors has to be in the following format:

colors: {
name: string
color: string
}[]

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Palette: Color Swatches

Available props:

  • colors - If you use Theme UI you can use the helper function normalizeThemeUIColors({ colors }) to convert the array of color strings to the necessary format
  • prefix (string) (optional) (Default: "")
  • single (boolean) (optional) (Default: false) - When passing in the colors object you can filter out all keys that have arrays as children
  • minimal (boolean) (optional) (Default: false) - Hide RGB and CMYK label
  • mode (string) (optional) (Default: "list")

colors has to be in the following format:

colors: {
name: string
color: string
}[]

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Sizes

Variant: tables.space

This theme also exposes a Table component. It is used in this case to showcase the different sizes of the theme. Generally speaking the Table component has the following props:

  • columns (string[])
  • titles (string[])
  • children (React.ReactNode)

The columns prop is defining the grid-template-columns of the table in the fashion of Theme UI (Responsive Styles). The titles should be the same count as columns.

So you can define the style for every breakpoint, e.g. [`120px 1fr`, `150px 1fr`] (120px for everything below the smallest breakpoint, 150px for everything above smallest breakpoint).

You can format the data you want to show how you like but in the end you should have the amount of columns as defined above.


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Shadows

Variant: tables.shadow

Available props:

  • shadows

shadows has to be in the following format:

shadows: {
[key: string]: string
}

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Space

Available props:

  • space

space has to be in the following format:

space: string[] | number[]

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Video

Variant: video.specimens

Available props:

  • src (string) - Must be a valid path on your webserver, e.g. the video file below is placed inside src/static/videos
  • poster (string) (optional) (Default: "") - By default the video tag will use the first frame of the video as a preview. With the poster you can define a custom preview image
  • name (string) (optional) (Default: "")
  • muted (boolean) (optional) (Default: false)
  • loop (boolean) (optional) (Default: false)
  • autoplay (boolean) (optional) (Default: false)
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