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Four Kitchens

⚠️ You are viewing the legacy version of Emulsify ⚠️

You can find the current version of Emulsify Design System at

If you'd like to upgrade your Emulsify project to the new version, check out this documentation.

Emulsify (legacy version)

Pattern Lab + Drupal 8

Component-driven prototyping tool using Pattern Lab v2 automated via Gulp/NPM. Also serves as a starterkit Drupal 8 theme.


  1. PHP 7.1
  2. Node (we recommend NVM)
  3. Gulp
  4. Composer
  5. Optional: Yarn

Prototyping (separate from Drupal, Wordpress, etc.)

Emulsify supports both NPM and YARN.

Install with NPM: composer create-project fourkitchens/emulsify:^3.0 --stability dev --no-interaction emulsify && cd emulsify && npm install

Install with Yarn: composer create-project fourkitchens/emulsify:^3.0 --stability dev --no-interaction emulsify && cd emulsify && yarn install

Drupal installation

In a Composer-based Drupal install (recommended)

  1. Require emulsify in your project composer require fourkitchens/emulsify
  2. Move into the original emulsify theme cd web/themes/contrib/emulsify/
  3. Create your new theme by cloning emulsify php emulsify.php "THEME NAME" (Run php emulsify.php -h for other available options)
  4. Move into your theme directory cd web/themes/custom/THEME_NAME/
  5. Install the theme dependencies npm install or yarn install
  6. Enable your theme and its dependencies drush then THEME_NAME -y && drush en components unified_twig_ext -y
  7. Proceed to the "Starting Pattern Lab…" section below

If you're not using a Composer-based Drupal install (e.g. tarball download from installation instructions can be found on the Wiki.

Troubleshooting Installation: See Drupal Installation FAQ.

Note: Once you've created your custom theme, you can remove Emulsify as a dependency of your project. If you'd like to get updates as we push them, solely for educational/best-practice information, feel free to leave it in and receive the updates. Updating Emulsify will not affect your custom theme in any way.

Starting Pattern Lab and watch task

The start command spins up a local server, compiles everything (runs all required gulp tasks), and watches for changes.

  1. npm start or yarn start

Highlighted Features

LightweightEmulsify is focused on being as lightweight as possible.
SVG sprite support Automated support for creating SVG sprites.
Stock Drupal templates Templates from Stable theme - see /templates directory
Stock Components with Drupal support built-in (
Performance Testing Support for testing via Google PageSpeed Insights and (
Automated Github Deployment Deploy your Pattern Lab instance as a Github page (
Automated Accessibility Testing Accessibility Testing using pa11y (

Emulsify's Built in Components with Drupal support

Forms, tables, video, accordion, cards, breadcrumbs, tabs, pager, status messages, grid

View a demo of these default Emulsify components.


Documentation is currently provided in the Wiki. Here are a few basic links:

General Orientation

See Orientation

We have a series of videos for you to learn more about Emulsify.

For Designers (Prototyping)

See Designers

For Drupal 8 Developers

See Drupal Usage

Gulp Configuration

See Gulp Config