published by Holger Bartel on
This article from Clearleft on building component libraries resonates with me a lot. Especially this part right in the beginning made me smile, because I recently had a similar conversation about how to call "this thing" now. It's not easy to choose the right words and language around what we build, especially to make it understandable to people that might not be as involved as we developers are.
Libraries, styleguides, components, patterns, modules, layouts, pages, atoms, molecules, organisms, blocks, modifiers, variants… there is a lot of domain-specific language floating around this niche corner of design and development. Like with anything, language can either clarify or obfuscate, and so it’s important to define and then be consistent with the words that you are using on your projects.
Not only this, but there are many other great points in there, and the article is definitely worth a read.