The contents of the Design System must be of a high quality and meet user needs. To guarantee this, all components and patterns need to meet certain criteria.
To be successful, proposals need to show that the component or pattern being suggested would be useful and unique.
There is evidence that this component or pattern would be useful for many teams or services.
It does not replicate something already in the Design System.
Before a component or pattern is published
The working group reviews the implementation to make sure it is usable, consistent and versatile.
It has been tested in user research and shown to work with a representative sample of users, including those with disabilities.
It reuses existing styles and components in the Design System where relevant.
Both the guidance and any content included in examples must follow the GOV.UK content style guide.
The implementation is versatile enough that the component or pattern can be used in a range of different services that may need it.
For example, a versatile date input component could be set up to ask for a year only, a month and year only, a precise date, or any other combination you may need.
If you’ve got a question about the GOV.UK Design System you can contact the team: