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How to create a portfolio to apply for a design role in government

A laptop computer on a wooden desk, its screen shows the title page of a design portfolio

What should a portfolio look like when applying for a design role in government? Whatever your experience level, in this post you’ll find advice on how to shape a good portfolio, what is expected of you and why having and updating a portfolio is important.

Designing the GOV.UK coronavirus page

A person holding a mobile phone showing the GOV.UK coronavirus page reading: ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19)’ – stay alert, control the virus, save lives

The GOV.UK coronavirus page went from concept to publication in 4.5 days. Since going live, it has helped millions of people find important COVID-19 information. Read the blog post to find out how we designed gov.uk/coronavirus.

How designers across government are working remotely

A visual representation of many connected nodes on a computer screen, most of them grouped together in one of five coloured clusters, a headline above the map reads: ‘Prison leavers communities and relationships’

Designers in government have adapted to the new circumstances, altered their ways of working and adopted new tools. For this blog post, we reached out to various service designers from different government organisations to hear how they are working under the changed environment.

What we are doing to increase equity in the GDS design team

A small group of woman with different darker skin tones participating in a cross-government workshop, working with coloured sticky notes

The GDS design team is not equitable enough. This means some people face more barriers than others in the workplace because of their characteristics or the groups they are a part of. We want to do better. In this blog post, we are sharing what we are doing to increase equity in the team.

What a demographics survey told us about the diversity of our design team

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A hand of a person with light skin holding a smartphone showing an online survey; its headline says: ‘Demographics of the GDS design team’

The GDS design team aims to reflect the diversity of the society it serves. We conducted a demographics survey to see how well the design team represents the population of London before taking the next steps of improving the equity of the team.

What it’s like to run a gov design jam

A small of group of people working together during the Gov Jam, in focus: two young women of different ethnicities, one holding a LEGO figure, coloured sticky notes are behind them on the wall

End of October, public servants from multiple government organisations co-organised Gov Jams in Blackpool, Leeds and London. The hackathon-like events were part of a global event series that took place in 26 cities internationally. In this blog post, 3 organisers share how it worked, what it was like, and how to get involved.

User-centred design in local government: where it’s at

Announcement graphic for Local #govdesign Day on 25 November 2019 at Birmingham Council House from 11 to 5 o’clock; supported by Birmingham City Council

Many local councils all across the UK are increasing their design, user research, and content design capability. Designers and design-minded people are improving the public services provided by Local Authorities. We are running a Local #govdesign Day to bring these people together and showcase their work.