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Starting as a designer in government when you’re working from home

5 of GDS’s new designers meeting virtually in a video call

GDS’s design team grew since moving to remote working in March. For the new designers, it meant having a different start. In this blog post, 5 of them share their experiences, what it was like and what was challenging.

Designers assemble! The cross-government buddy group pilot

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Hundreds of designers in all parts of the UK government are longing for exchange while mostly working remotely. A recent design buddy group pilot brought over 170 of them together. In this blog post, the initiators share what they did and what’s next.

Introducing the user-centred design and data community

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There is a new community of practice for anyone working on services that collect, analyse, visualise and publish data and applying a user-centred lens to them. This blog post introduces the community and describes its purpose, code of conduct, and the areas it will focus on.

How we took a user-centred approach to understanding inclusion and exclusion in the GDS design team

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As part of the GDS design community’s efforts to improve the equity of the team, Ignacia and Leon share their research findings on inclusion and exclusion in the community.

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

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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

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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

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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.