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Pega Cosmos design system and UX architecture

Pega's digital experience technology

Pega currently offers the following design systems: 

  • The Constellation design system (available in 8.8, previously referred to as Cosmos React in Pega 8.7)—this is the latest Pega design system, built on Pega’s Constellation architecture.
  • Theme Cosmos (available in Pega 8.7 and prior)—this design system is built on Pega’s traditional section-based UI architecture.

Each is different in how it is authored and in level of prescriptiveness.

The Constellation design system is built on Pega’s new, view-based architecture:

  • Emphasizes configuration over customization of the UI— enables you to configure business logic instead of building UI from scratch
  • Provides prescribed workflows for users and guided authoring for low-code developers— allows you to build applications fast with pre-made UI designed for productive user experiences
  • Allows you to configure views, instead of sections— enables you to configure business logic and then add a presentation layer to the data, instead of adding logic to pieces of UI

Theme Cosmos is built on Pega’s traditional, section-based UI architecture:

  • Allows you to customize skins, sections, and harnesses
  • Available for Pega 8.7 and prior
  • Provides prescribed workflows for users
  • Authored in a mix of App Studio and Dev Studio
  • Emphasizes customization over configuration— allows you to customize UI, but can lead to inconsistent UX and challenges with upgrades

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