The GOV.UK Design System is for everyone. It has a strong cross-government community behind it. It includes the latest research, design and development to represent and be relevant for its users.
- how to propose a component or pattern
- how to develop a component or pattern
- what people are currently working on in the community backlog
These principles are for the community of people that create and contribute to government components and patterns.
1. Start with what exists
Reuse as much as possible and iterate based on user needs.
Start by checking what exists in the GOV.UK Design System.
If something is not in the Design System, check the community backlog to see what colleagues in other departments have done before.
Reach out to the community to ask questions, gather examples and learn from others’ mistakes.
2. Contribute back and help others
The GOV.UK Design System is for everyone. Anyone can contribute evidenced-based changes.
Think beyond your service and aim to design components and patterns that are scalable, reusable and can evolve over time.
Share research findings and examples with others. Be open to feedback or changes to your work.
Above all, be kind. Encourage others to contribute by being respectful when asking questions or giving feedback.
3. Prioritise openness and honesty
Prioritise sharing components and patterns in the GOV.UK Design System and community backlog. This makes them easier to find and reduces duplication of effort.
Share work in progress as early as possible. Be honest about the amount and nature of your research and findings. Share what works and what does not.
Promote awareness of existing work whenever possible.