generator-style-prototype

Yeoman generator for style prototypes

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Design In Browser, Build In Browser, Sign Off In Browser

Style Prototypes are a Pattern Library tool for designing in browser. Style prototyping is a technique used to create a typical instance of a design from which a final site can be assembled.

Designing in browser is a long wished for goal but always has seemed just slightly out of reach. From the technical knowledge needed to set everything up to actually do the coding to getting sign off from clients, it seems like a daunting task to begin to do it. Style Prototypes aims to make the whole process much easier and much more approachable for everyone from Designers who don't know what a Git is to full on Unicorns. Style Prototypes grew from the wonderful Style Guide built by Mason Wendell for his kick ass Survival Kit and now constitutes a whole system for building Style Tiles, Style Guides, Component Guides, and Color Guides straight in browser. By leveraging the power of Sass, Compass, Yeoman, Grunt, and Bower, we are able have at our fingertips the tools necessary to sit back and just design. If you're a designer new to all of this, I've written up a Designer's QuickStart Guide to get you started! Read it and enjoy it!

Style Prototypes are a unique tool because, not only are they responsive by default (meaning your client will be able to sign off on styles they've been able to see natively on all browsers and devices), they encourage Style and Color Guide driven Style Tile and Component Guide generation. This means that after you've built out your Style Tile, you'll be on your way to having finished your Style Guide, which you need to for Style Guide Driven Design (and coincidentally takes lots of design decisions off of the shoulders of Front End Developers). You'll also never need to have someone guess at what colors they can use with a fully built out Color Guide with both hex and Sass values.

Speaking of Sass values, the whole shebang is designed to be turned into a Compass Extension to easily distribute and reuse your finished Style Guide throughout your team in a way that doesn't require an additional website and inspectors flying all over the place. Truly drop in and use functionality. Yah, it's that awesome.

Come with me on this journey.

To install the generator, make sure you have NodeJS installed (if using an Apple computer, it is recommended to install Homebrew then install NodeJS by running brew install node), then run the following from the command line:

$ npm install -g yo gulp bower generator-style-prototype

Ensure you have Ruby with RubyGems installed as well. If you are on an Apple computer, you need at least Ruby version 2.0.0p451 installed. You can check your Ruby version by running $ ruby -v. If you do not have the correct version of Ruby installed, do the following (you may need to sudo these steps):

  1. Uninstall Bundler and Compass if you have it installed globally (which bundle or which compass to check to see if they're installed, gem uninstall bundler or gem uninstall compass if they are)
  2. Install Homebrew
  3. brew update
  4. brew install rbenv ruby-build
  5. Add eval "$(rbenv init -)" and export GEM_HOME=$(brew --prefix) to your profile (~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc. If you have not installed ZSH or are unsure if you have, use the former) and restart your terminal.
  6. rbenv install 2.0.0-p451
  7. rbenv rehash
  8. bash or zsh (if you are running ZSH)
  9. rbenv shell 2.0.0-p451
  10. gem install bundler
  11. bash or zsh (if you are running ZSH)

Run the following:

$ yo style-prototype

The two things needed for a new pattern are the HTML in the section you'd like and the Sass to style it. Style Prototypes can help you scaffold out a North partial structure for each pattern, import it into your Sass file, and generates an empty HTML file for you. While everything this generator does isn't needed, it gives you a quick, easy, and standard way of architecting your Sass.

$ yo style-prototype:pattern

While you can create a new section by hand, there's a handy dandy subgenerator to make scaffolding out a section easier.

$ yo style-prototype:section

To run the development server, run the following:

$ gulp

If you do not want to rebuild the development server on launch, you can run the following:

$ gulp serve

If you would like to generate a production-ready version of your Style Prototype into an export folder, run the following:

$ gulp export

If you would like to publish a production-ready version of your Style Prototype to a Git branch (via Gulp Subtree), run the following:

$ gulp deploy

After your Style Prototype is built, you can access it from your projects via Bower. As long as you have access to the Git repo you your Style Prototype lives in (even if it's a private repo), Bower is able to use it as a dependency. Simply run the following from your project and you'll get your prototype as a Bower dependency:

$ bower install {{git@git-url}} --save

From there, for Sass, point your import path to your Sass and your task runners to move your images/JavaScript/etc… around, and you're good to go.

License

©2013-2014 Sam Richard

Original code licensed under MIT Open Source projects used within this project retain their original licenses.