March 6th, 2015
The human body is made up of various organs and bones but essentially we’re mostly carbon. In a website the purest atomic element is an HTML tag. These tags are the initial building blocks of the web. When you start combining these “atoms” and using them in conjunction with colors and fonts you start to see a larger organism take shape.
Brad Frost has used this analogy to develop his Atomic Design process. Viewing a site as an amalgamation of these individual components helps illuminate where and how content should be structured. It also gives you the flexibility to create these components starting from the atomic level and plug them into an interface while alleviating some of the complexity.