The 18F blog
- 18F’s best practices for making distributed teams work
- User-centered design at 18F: a design studio for natural resource revenues
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- 18F Lean Product Design Guide (with Nick Brethauer and Colin MacArthur)
- The standard retro method and doc used across 18F
- Using a GitHub wiki to put user research and project documentation together with code
Things I've Written On This Site
I finished my Presidential Innovation Fellowship six months ago, and I feel like it’s taken that long to process the journey. For those of you who are considering government service, considering the Innovation Fellowship specifically, or merely curious, I offer these reflections on my year as a PIF.
Round Three of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is now accepting applications from creative, energetic policy hackers, entrepreneurs, user experience experts, designers, frontend developers, backend developers, system architecture wizards, data wranglers, and more to serve their tours of duty to radically improve the delivery of government digital services.
Why should you (yes, YOU) take time out of your busy schedule to apply (deadline: April 7)? Three important reasons:
Wouldn’t it be great if we designers/developers could just move bits of website around visually and get beautiful, well-structured code to work with out the other end? The stuff of dreams! If this is your dream, then this might be your year! In service of The Future, I tested (or attempted to test) four of the current front-runners: Webflow, Divshot, Froont, and Jetstrap. Read on for a summary and full reviews.
I’ve gone to my first hackathon! Super nerdy! I thought they only wanted coders at these sorts of things, but friends said that designers and UX folks are welcome, too. So off I went…and our team won!
“But why,” I ask myself, “why should I use systems built by very smart people to suit a wide variety of website needs when I can spend time and energy making my own from scratch?” Why indeed.
Take a look a the latest – we’re getting there! It was quite an adventure, working on making more robust Wordpress functionality than I’ve needed to in the past.
As explained in my previous post, I’m working on the Next Generation of the NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA) website. Here are my initial 2.0 wireframes for the majority of the layouts.
Way back in the winter of 2011-2012, I did a fast redesign of the NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA) website. It went from this to something much better, but still not there, in a weekend, more or less, to move it from “fairly difficult to use” to “somewhat functional” in time for spring online registration for the 2012 sailing season.
Now that the holidays are over, I’d like to share the illustration I did for our office annual holiday email – I’m very pleased with it! I should mention I work in international affairs for a satellite office. I was going for ‘holidays’ without a specific religion or world region focus. Also tried to come up with something not too overdone. And so we have: bird’s-eye view of an abstract world with a stylized aurora!
The potential of ‘Big Data’ as a game-changer in practically every field is today’s online golden goose. “If only,” the articles cry, “we had enough data scientists to reap in the golden eggs!”
Is the term “web designer” dead? According to this article in UX Magazine, maybe.