“Emphasis mine, because I’m not sure I know of a design system that operates in a holistic way. Does the system you work with allow you to control the process of your work, to make situational decisions? Or is it simply a set of rules you have to follow?”
There was a rash of blogging recently about systems and working within them and how you work within them and are they really just like a factory and we just follow the line to get the components created? I found Ethan's piece the most interesting, to be honest, because I find bringing up Franklin's thoughts on technology an interesting new twist on thinking about them. To be sure, systems are not perfect, and I think we have a long way to go to figure out how to do them well, but I find the thinking about all this worthwhile and interesting.