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Martin Jordan – Head of Service Design, CDDO

Martin Jordan is Head of Service Design at the UK Cabinet Office’s Central Digital and Data Office (previously a part of GDS). He helps the government improve its services and increase service design capability. He is the service owner for the GOV.UK Service Manual and Service Standard.

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.

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.

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.

International Design in Government community autumn update

Mari Nakano, Design Director at the NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity, presenting in front of a group of people at the International Design in Government Day in Oakland; a poster behind her reads: “The future of government is better design”; the speaker smiles and members of the audience take pictures with their smartphones

Over the summer, the growing International Design in Government community gathered at a few events. In autumn, there will be 2 more events in Europe. In this post, we share what members of community can expect next.

International Design in Government events this summer

A poster promoting the International Design in Government Day. It contains a quote from Lou Downe: “The future of government transformation is better design”. The poster also contains the logo of the organisers – Code for America and the International Design in Government community – and the date of the event: 29 May 2019

After running the first ever International Design in Government Conference in London last summer, we asked our community who would like to bring it to their country. In this post, we share where designers in government will get to gather next.

International Design in Government events are going global

Three posters promoting each location of the International Design in Government Conference. They are almost identical, featuring the conference logo which is a sphere with the words 'International Design in Government" around the circumference, but the backgrounds are different colours - red, white and blue - and feature the logo or name of the organisation running the event

After the success of our London conference last year, we’re helping to run 3 events around the world to help bring more designers together to build better government services. Find out where we’re going to be and how you can take part.

What we learned from running the first International Design in Government Conference

Chris Govias on stage in front of a room full of people

Earlier this year we welcomed 220 people from 26 countries to London for the first International Design in Government Conference. Here's what happened and what we're planning next.