I just posted about making design patterns work in practice on the Autodesk Designing the User Experience blog. I am curious to hear other stories about creating and using design patterns within a corporate or agency environment.
Hi Tom, I work in a public sector company and we recently started using UI patterns in 'new' development projects. After reading modular web design and looking at the anatomy of various pattern libraries out there, we took on a structure not disimilar to the one you described in your post.
It was a sucess for the roll out project as we were able to present developers with a full suite of patterns in 3 drops (we included html & css as part of the pattern examples). However I'm now in the position where we need to address the issue of legacy code and other teams that wont be doing 'new' work for the forseeable, to see where/if the patterns can be a useful for them.
I attended Nathan's seminar in 2008 and it was quite good. I particularly like his Lego metaphor and have "borrowed" it for some of my own internal presentations. Since we build desktop applications on a very outdated UI toolkit (MFC-based) we have not yet made the jump to creating re-usable code components (oh, how some days I wish I designed web apps!)