I’ve long been a fan of Brad Frost’s Atomic Design methodology, which can fairly be credited with changing how the industry approaches components. But it’s always bothered me that the metaphor is abandoned halfway through the hierarchy and that the definition of each level is at best somewhat vague. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels that way.
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In Atomic 2.0, only foundational styles are atoms because they truly cannot be broken down further. Anything in the atom category can be turned into design tokens. With this approach, the atoms can only create a molecule when combined with another atom. So a form label, being a combination of a color atom and a text atom, would be considered a molecule.