Avoiding tab styles for navigation

Adam Silver, who works at/with the fine folks at GOV.UK: Tabs should only look like tabs if they behave like tabs otherwise it can be in disorienting and confusing for users. Shown above is the old layout that featured the tabs (which are actually links, here). The new version still has the links in place […]

Why you should probably avoid using <input type="number" />

The fine folks at GOV.UK: Until now, the GOV.UK Design System date input component used the HTML element <input type=”number” /> to provide a number keypad when a user enters dates. However, we recently moved away from <input type="number"> to <input type="text" inputmode="numeric" pattern="[0-9]*"> Why the GOV.UK Design System team changed the input type for […]

Chart Design Guidelines at City Intelligence

At the City Intelligence unit at City Hall almost anyone can create a data visualisation. To keep everyone in line they created Data Design Guidelines: Effective communication of evidence and data through information design and data visualisation, is obviously important to help inform policy internally, but it is also just as important to help boroughs […]

Design is the Experience

Gov.uk won the Design Museum Design award of 2013. It’s certainly not the prettiest website. Some people even call it boring.com. So why was it awarded? Because it disrupted the way government communicates with it’s citizens. Because it’s user centred, user focused. Because it has one of the best copy’s ever written. Because it’s extremely […]

We’re not ‘appy. Not ‘appy at all.

The British Government Digital Service (a new team within Cabinet Office, which in its turn supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister) is totally getting it: Stand-alone mobile apps will only be considered once the core web service works well on mobile devices, and if specifically agreed with the Cabinet Office. Above that: Apps […]