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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

A design buddy group session in action with a laptop computer standing in the background and a teacup saying GOV in the foreground

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

A computer standing in a room, its screen shows a slidedeck reading ‘UCD and data community’

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 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.

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.