style guide – Design System rules


I would like to get your input and experiences with styleguides. Some of the designers I work with insist that the design system should have rules to be followed to the T.

Some sample rules are:

A cards border is always 16px from the left.

Content is always separated by vertical padding of 24px.

Dashboard buttons are always to the top right with 16px vertical padding from the content.

Our company has multiple in house applications in development. While I understand the need to have consistency (typography, buttons, color palette, iconography etc..) I disagree with having rules like these where a change of pixels becomes a rigidity to other designers.

I would like to know how your team is using your design system / styleguide, and if it is riddled with spacing rules that all designers must follow.