Useful links for new designers

When we welcome new designers to growing digital design community in government we often send round a bunch of useful links. In the spirit of Mike's 'publish don't send' I thought it was better to stick them up here so …

GOV.UK sketching templates

When designing a new service, a product or just a simple page it is often best to start with a sketch. Or a scribble. Something you can quickly put down on paper to help you visualise how things might work and …

Betas on GOV.UK

GOV.UK is constantly being iterated and updated and sometimes we need to draw users’ (including departments and agencies) attention to this. We do it by saying something is in 'beta'. Of course, the way we show that something is in …

Bank holidays page iteration

Desktop thoughts Use GOV.UK brand colour to highlight information. Preserve green for success outcomes of services. Remove related links that dominate page as before. Only two links, now quieter but still prominent. They are of secondary importance, so experimenting with …

Two new design guides

At the start of this year a few of us started working on two new guides for the Government Service Design Manual. They're aimed at designers, researchers and front-end developers who are building services for GOV.UK. Design style guide The …

FCO — Foreign travel Advice

Some recent work on rethinking the travel advice pages. Hoping to work these into some user testing in the coming week/s. One of the bigger questions is around mapping. FCO use cartographers who manually draw the maps and affected regions …