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The design community exists to:
- make sure that government services are designed to meet user needs
- create and support a peer group of designers across government
- collaboratively create and improve design patterns and best practice
- build and support the practice of design in government
- share and develop design knowledge and skills across government
- discuss and challenge the way government designs services
Who the community is for
You might be interested in this community if you work on government services in any of these roles:
- interaction designer
- graphic designer
- service designer
- content designer
If you’re interested in discussing design issues, you can:
- join the digital service designers mailing list - request access using your government email address
- join the design channel or content design channel on the UK government Slack - you can create a Slack account using your government email address
- share ideas on the design patterns wiki
- write blog posts for the GDS design notes blog
- follow and use the #govdesign and #govcontent hashtags on Twitter
- join the cross-government content community Basecamp
Your department may have its own design community and Slack channel. Talk to your head of design to find out.
If you can’t access any of these discussion spaces, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Training and events
The Government Digital Service (GDS) runs free design training 4-6 times a year.
The design community also holds meetups roughly every 2 months.
All courses and events are announced on the design community mailing list.
You could also attend content design training.
When designing your service, use:
- GDS design principles to guide your work
- GOV.UK patterns and GOV.UK elements to find common design patterns
- the GDS design notes blog to learn more about design in government
- the GOV.UK prototype kit to prototype services that look and work like GOV.UK
- the govdesign tumblr to find posters and stickers from the government design community
You should also read the:
You may find these GDS blog posts useful:
- What we mean by service design
- The different types of design in government
- Identifying a good service
- Getting permission to use GOV.UK fonts
Design in the Service Manual
These guides show what we currently believe to be best practice for designing government services:
- Introduction: designing government services
- Scoping your service
- Naming your service
- Making prototypes
- Making your service look like GOV.UK
- Using, adapting and creating patterns
- GOV.UK design patterns
Help us keep the Service Manual up to date by:
- contributing to community discussions
- telling us if something is wrong or out of date using the feedback link at the top of each guide
Find out about the user-centred design community
The design community is part of the wider user-centred design community. Find out more about the user-centred design community, training and cross-government events.
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