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Specimens for Design Systems

Specimens for Design Systems is released under the MIT license. PRs welcome! Follow @lekoarts_de Netlify Status

Leverage the wide variety of powerful React components to build your design system. Display your colors, typography or any other design tokens with ease and focus on the design system itself, not on how to showcase it. Works seamlessly with MDX. Using the Gatsby Theme @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-specimens.

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Also be sure to checkout other Free & Open Source Gatsby Themes


  • Theme UI-based theming
  • Suitable for MDX
  • Offers React components specifically designed for design systems. You can display:
    • Colors as swatches and rows. Individually placed or automated from an object/array in your theme file
    • Typography e.g. font-family, font-size, font-weight and headings
    • Spacing scales
    • Audio files and downloads
    • border-radius or box-shadow
    • Alerts to emphasize important messages

🚀 Getting Started

Deploy to Netlify Edit gatsby-starter-specimens

  1. Create a Gatsby site.

Use the Gatsby CLI to create a new site, specifying this project

gatsby new project-name
  1. Start developing.

Navigate into your new site's directory and start it up.

cd project-name
gatsby develop
  1. Open the code and start customizing!

Your site is now running at http://localhost:8000!

If you want to learn more about how you can use a Gatsby starter that is configured with a Gatsby theme, you can checkout this shorter or longer tutorial. The tutorials don't exactly apply to this starter however the concepts are the same.

📝 Using and modifying this starter

Important Note: Please read the guide Shadowing in Gatsby Themes to understand how to customize the underlying theme!

This starter creates a new Gatsby site that installs and configures the theme @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-specimens.

Have a look at the theme's README and files to see what options are available and how you can shadow the various components including Theme UI. Generally speaking you will want to place your files into src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-specimens/ to shadow/override files. The Theme UI config can be configured by shadowing its files in src/gatsby-plugin-theme-ui/.

Change your static folder

The static folder contains the icons, social media images and robots.txt. Don't forget to change these files, too!

🤔 Questions or problems?

Please open up an issue on the main repository: LekoArts/gatsby-themes. Thanks!

🎓 Learning Gatsby

Looking for more guidance? Full documentation for Gatsby lives on Gatsby's website.


  • To learn more about Gatsby themes specifically, we recommend checking out the theme docs.


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