Government Design

A few weeks ago I started working at the Department for Work and Pensions Digital Team. They sit under the Government Digital Service and we work to the same standards as they do.

3 days in and I was sat in a room in Leeds with 60+ other designers in a cross-government design meeting. The first outside of London and the largest held to date.

It was really interesting for me, I’d read and heard so much about the Government Digital Service before joining and I really wondered what it would be like ‘on the inside’.

We heard stories from every digital service, even the newest ones and they were all delivered by extremely passionate designers which was interesting as well.

Just the week before, 5 ‘big names’ from GDS handed in their notice to leave and everyone was wondering about what the fall-out would be. The thing is, there didn’t seem to be any. If anything, it was more of a flag planting exercise. There is still so much to do across government and everyone knows it.

The people in that room cared about the work they were doing, they were excited and they congratulated each other for doing a great job. They want to make a difference to a citizens life.

I talk endlessly at Industry Conf about using our skills to do good, and that’s one of the reasons why I joined, it’s the reason why I believe in the GDS and I’ve got to honestly say that everything you hear about them is right.

Week 4 starts now.

We're also hiring Interaction Designers in London, Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, come and join me.

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