In recent months, I couldn’t help but notice how many people (and companies) when referring to “design tokens” what they actually mean is colorstypographyspacing (and in some cases elevationtiming, and sizing).

While this is perfectly true, I think a key part of the picture is missing: design tokens can be much more than this.

As Sarah Federman puts it perfectly:

In this post, I share my point of view and my experience on this topic, showing why so much more can be done with them, and how.