Graphic design and specifically design and production for the web is a process of discovery, experimentation and negotiation. There is also a healthy dose of compromise. As much as we work to streamline how things come together, it’s not quite a step-by-step grind. There is no “cranking it out”.
When I started out as a Graphic Design professional in the late 70s, all we cared about were design concepts through typography, color, art and images. I wasn’t overly concerned with design systems until I began working professionally.