The Style Dictionary
The style of a work or person is the manner or approach in which it is done. The word is derived from the French word for “way” or “method.” The way in which something is done can be a reflection of its creator’s personality or taste. A person’s personal style can also have a direct impact on the way in which they work, study or live.
The term style can also refer to the way in which a person dresses. A person’s sense of style can influence their decisions about what to wear, including what colors and accessories to choose. It can also be a reflection of the person’s overall personality, or even a specific mood or emotion. For example, a person may have a gothic style, which would be reflected in their choice of clothing or jewelry. A woman who is feeling sexy may wear brightly colored lipstick or a sequined dress, while someone who is feeling down can choose to dress in dark colors and soft fabrics.
A person’s sense of style can also affect the way in which they express themselves verbally. Their speech may be characterized by long, drawn-out words and complex sentences or by a rapid pace and short, simple sentences. The tone of voice can also be affected by the style of speaking, as in a monotone or an accent.
In addition, the way in which a person writes can be considered part of their style. A person’s writing style may be characterized by their use of grammar and punctuation, or by the way in which they arrange their words. The overall effect of these elements may be a style that is distinctive and recognizable to others.
A person can develop a style by practicing, or by studying the works of other people. A person may also be influenced by the style of their favorite artists or musicians. The word style can also be used to describe a person’s unique way of doing something: He has his own style of playing the guitar.
A build engine takes design tokens and transforms them into platform-specific style files that can be added to the code base of applications. This allows for the creation of apps that can be run on any device or framework, including iOS, Android and CSS/JS. The build engine can also generate other assets, such as images. There are several ways to implement a build engine, but one common method is to create a library called style-dictionary that provides a single place to manage design tokens in a platform-agnostic format and a single command to generate the platform-specific files. The style-dictionary library also supports a number of transformation functions, or transformers, that can be used to modify a token in various ways. One example of this is the ability to transform a color from its normal hex value to a format that Backlight (and other platforms) can understand. For more information, see the style-dictionary GitHub repository.