Session type:

Case Study

Presented by:

Imran Hussain

Government Digital Service

Chris Ballantine-Thomas

Government Digital Service

Session time:

07 Mar 11:30 12:15

Session duration:

45 minutes

About the session

The GOV.UK Design System has been doing open-source co-design for years with its community of designers and developers. Recent experimentation allowed the team and community to push co-design methodology to its limit. This led to fun sessions, higher levels of engagement and collaboration, and an improved balance of power. However, you can’t run experiments forever.

To make co-design a daily part of how they work, there needed to be a fundamental shift in the way the Design System team thought and operated. Join this case study to hear how they staged a 6-month intervention to level-up their team, and put the org design behind the co-design.

Participant takeaways:

  • The reality of 4 years of co-design on the GOV.UK Design System.
  • Groundbreaking experimentation is fun, but can’t work on a long-term basis.
  • How to adapt experimental approaches into daily workstreams.

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