User Centered Design

Collaborating for Better Design, Technology, and User Experience

Aug 30, 2018 |

Overview of initiatives across Federal government that focus on IT design, development and accessibility. Read »

Collaborating for Better Design, Technology, and User Experience

Getting Started with USWDS 2.0

Aug 24, 2018

The U.S. Web Design System team will show you how to get started with USWDS 2.0: how to set up your project colors, fonts, and more. Read »

Getting Started with USWDS 2.0

Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics

Jul 26, 2018

Join us for this hour long webinar to receive an introduction on the Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics, a set of practical ways to gather insights from the people who depend on your services in their own environments. Read »

Finding Usability Testers: Tips from an Army Recruiter

Sep 28, 2017 |

An Army recruiter shares how her training in the Army has helped in her approach to usability testing, and gives a peek inside how usability testing works for USAJOBS.gov at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Read »

Finding Usability Testers: Tips from an Army Recruiter

Managing Custom Software Development in Government When You’re Not a Software Engineer

Sep 21, 2017 |

As custom software development becomes integral to accomplishing any program’s mission, many managers in government find themselves faced with handling the unfamiliar: overseeing the design and implementation of a digital product that is functional, user-friendly, and necessary for realizing your program’s mission. Read »

Managing Custom Software Development in Government When You’re Not a Software Engineer

Vets.gov: A Modern Software Development Environment in Government

Jul 3, 2017 | ,

When people think of government software, they often think of COBOL and PowerBuilder 5, with manual software deploys every three to six months on a fixed number of machines in a government-run data center. This perception is sometimes justified, but sometimes entirely wrong. Regardless, the perception makes many developers reluctant to work for the government Read »

VA Innovators Network Program: Ahead of the Curve in Healthcare Innovation

Jun 30, 2017 |

VA Innovators Network Program Selected as FedHealth IT Innovation Award Winner This month, FedHealth IT announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Innovators Network Program was selected as a 2017 recipient of the FedHealthIT Innovation Award. FedHealth IT recognized 25 Federal Health Read »

Improving Customer Experience with Digital Personas

Jun 20, 2017 |

Keeping the customer’s needs front and center is important when developing new digital tools. We recently developed a set of user personas as part of our work to establish a more robust—and data informed—understanding of the individuals that engage digitally with the National Archives (NARA). User personas are fictional, but realistic representations of key audience Read »

Fractal and Federalist Join the U.S. Web Design Standards

Jun 13, 2017 |

We’ve recently added two powerful tools to the U.S. Web Design Standards development workflow that allow us to preview, test, and publish the Standards code more quickly and easily. Fractal Fractal is a powerful and flexible framework for building interactive component libraries. It’s similar to Jekyll (which we use to publish the Standards site) in Read »

The New FEC.gov

Jun 6, 2017 | ,

Last week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unveiled their new website at FEC.gov. This new site is the result of a years-long collaboration with GSA’s 18F and features completely revamped tools for exploring campaign finance data. It provides user-centered content for understanding the reporting and compliance requirements for people participating in federal elections, redesigned tools Read »

​Want to Expand Your Innovation Base? Dive In, Run a Challenge, and Listen to Your Customers

May 24, 2017 |

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is a small agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) whose mission is to increase the interoperability and use of electronic health records and health IT. We don’t have the funding and personnel of larger agencies, and, for the most part, this is fine. The Read »

GetMyFuture.org: Essential Youth Resources, Now

May 2, 2017 |

They say that life can be summed up as the process of a series of doors closing. By that, they mean that opportunities for taking different paths start to disappear as you move through life. It’s a logical sentiment, but there’s an obverse to it. When you’re young, all those doors are open. Doors as far as you can see. It’s all about learning how to make informed decisions about what doors to wander through. Read »

Engineering the Chaski Relay: A Touchscreen Game at the National Museum of the American Indian

Mar 31, 2017 |

On visiting The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, it is impossible not be taken by the sheer scale of the Inka Road. Qhapaq Ñan, or the Road of the Inka, is a 25,000-mile long road system that fed the rapid expansion of the Inka Read »

New ITIF Report Inspires a Closer Look at Website Performance and Security—Here Is Where to Begin

Mar 24, 2017 |

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recently published a report, Benchmarking U.S. Government Websites, that looks at the performance, security, and accessibility of the top 297 government websites. ITIF is a think tank in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation in technology and public policy. Read »

Presenting Online Data to Wide-Ranging User Communities

Mar 20, 2017 |

Presenting data online that will serve a wide range of users can be challenging. It requires an understanding of the target users’ needs, interests, and familiarity with the use of data handling tools. This challenge can be especially daunting for government websites that present data for use by the general public. The audience for such Read »

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