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February, 2021 #

You’re reading the tenth Duet monthly update. During the past month our team setup has changed slightly and we’re now looking to expand our in-house design systems team.

It’s been a while since our last monthly update. Lots of things have changed since then as we’ve focused on improving the contributor experience, internal developer documentation and optimizing the technical architecture of Duet Design System.

We also have minor changes in the Duet team: Viljami, Duet’s Lead Architect, has taken on a new major role elsewhere, but continues contributing to Duet one day a week on Mondays.

Meanwhile, Nick has swapped the position with Viljami and taken on a more full-time role on leading the development efforts and support. With these changes in mind, we’re also looking for a new Frontend Developer to join our in-house design systems team and gradually take on the technical and administrative responsibilities of Duet:

Frontend Developer, Design Systems #

New this month #

In this section we’ll highlight every month new features and progress from Duet Design System. This month’s highlights include:

Notification components

Notification components #

We’ve released two new components called Notification and Notification Drawer which allow you to inform users about recent notification messages.

Windows support for CLI

Windows support for CLI #

Duet CLI now comes with Windows support. This is a tool that helps you to quickly set up a development environment that has all our packages preconfigured.

ES Modules

Shipping new ES Modules #

Both Duet Design Tokens and Icons now ship as ES Modules together with the other formats included. This makes tree shaking in JavaScript apps easier.

Duet Date Picker v1.2.0 #

Duet Date Picker v1.2.0 published! @WickyNilliams has been improving:

— Screen reader a11y
— Table navigation
— Column headers and how they’re announced
— Ensuring month/year is always announced
— How dates are presented to screen readers
— And more:

— Viljami Salminen (@viljamis) January 28, 2021

What is Duet? #

Duet is a collection of reusable components and tools, guided by clear standards, that can be assembled together to build digital products for LocalTapiola and Turva.

The goal of Duet is to improve user interface consistency and quality, while making our software design and development processes more efficient.

The name “Duet” resembles the fact that there are two separate themes. One for LocalTapiola and one for Turva.

Duet has a core team of designers and developers inside LocalTapiola who are dedicated to building and supporting the system.

Until next time!
Teppo Haste


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