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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

Get involved


If you’re interested in discussing design issues, you can:

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 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.

Community resources

When designing your service, use:

You should also read the:

You may find these GDS blog posts useful:

Design in the Service Manual

These guides show what we currently believe to be best practice for designing government services:

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  • telling us if something is wrong or out of date using the feedback link at the top of each guide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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