Website Design Principles from the British Government

#Internet

Mon, Apr 9th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

The British Government has set up a Design Principles online guide for their Digital Services. It's actually kind of strange that a government -- institutions known for being buried in a myriad of bureaucracy -- could come up with a stupidly simple approach that puts the needs of the user first in a pretty, simple and functional interface.

Listed below are our design principles and examples of how we've used them so far. These build on, and add to, our original 7 digital principles.

  1. Start with needs*
  2. Do less
  3. Design with data
  4. Do the hard work to make it simple
  5. Iterate. Then iterate again.
  6. Build for inclusion
  7. Understand context
  8. Build digital services, not websites
  9. Be consistent, not uniform
  10. Make things open: it makes things better

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