We strive to establish and reuse the best solutions to merchant situations. Identifying and documenting design patterns is one way to make this possible.
A design pattern is a repeatable solution to a common UX problem in a specific merchant situation. Using the right pattern in the right context makes the Shopify admin familiar and easy to use.
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For patterns to be successful, they need to be consistent, unified, and contextual.
Patterns are always used in the same way for the same reasons. Merchants need to be able to trust their expectations.
Patterns are always informed by and designed together with similar patterns. For example, patterns with similar purpose should complement each other, and patterns with similar functionality should share appearance and behavior.
A pattern is always paired with the problem it solves and the situation it appears in. A solution applied in a context it wasn’t designed for is not a pattern.