Turning the ship: Living design systems in the federal government

A session at Clarity

Friday 1st April, 2016

2:30pm to 3:00pm (PST)

The federal government, bound by centuries of history and numerous regulations, has historically built online experiences that reflect bureaucracy rather than human needs. Government websites that don’t meet user needs produce poor outcomes and worse opinions about the government. We’re doing something about this. During the summer of 2015, a team came together to create the Draft U.S. Web Design Standards: open source UI components and a visual style guide to create consistent, cohesive, and easy-to-use user experiences across federal government websites.

We'll explore:
* How to create a style guide in a highly complex, old system with multiple stakeholders and different end users
* How to make easy-to-use tools that solve real user needs
* How we're creating a nexus for industry best practices and collaboration across government agencies and with the public

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Maya Benari

Front-End Designer, 18F

Maya Benari is a designer and front-end developer at 18F, a digital services team within the federal government. She works on the Draft U.S. Web Design Standards:, which are available to the public and promote consistent, cohesive federal websites. Maya previously fed her civic design passion as a fellow at Code for America. She is a featured voice in net magazine and will appear in the upcoming O'Reilly book “Tragic Design.”

3 attendees

  • Colin Johnston
  • Jina Anne
  • Maya Benari

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  • Alex W Kale

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United States United States, San Francisco

31st March to 1st April 2016

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Time 2:30pm3:00pm PST

Date Fri 1st April 2016

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