Federal Web Design Standards Turns Into Drupal and WordPress Themes

December 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm By

The U.S. Government Federal website will be seeing a more uniformed look thanks to the U.S. Digital Service and General Services Administration’s 18F software development team who are integrating unified design standards across the board. The move was reported by Fierce Government IT, who details the move.

“In September, the groups released the results of a four-month collaboration aimed at reducing user frustration and saving agency new media teams time and money,” according to Molly Bernhart Walker of Fierce Government IT.

“Now, they’re taking things a step further with plans to issue a reusable library of front-end code snippets that can be loaded directly into several web content management systems.”

The move will create a standard look for all federal government websites as well as make it easier for users to navigate all pages with ease. Knowing where everything is, or where to expect them on a webpage rather, slows down the browser’s time spent annoyingly locating content.

We’ve heard a ton of interest in that since we’ve put this out,” said Mollie Ruskin, designer and founding member of the U.S. Digital Service, during a podcast interview with Responsive Web Design published Nov. 30, according to the report. 

I would expect that within the next six months or so we’ll have a couple different CMS platforms out there. We started to wonder if it wasn’t possible to maybe make our live easier as product teams, saving some time and energy, and also start to build a little bit of consistency for the end user.” 

The teams also used the expertise of some of designers and developers in order to reach an agreement on the standard they wanted to adopt for all government sites.

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