The Digital Design System will help drive government digital transformation and continuous improvement, for the benefit of the people of NSW
What is it?
The Digital Design System is a living repository of style guidelines, reusable components and guides on best practice digital design and delivery. It also houses a Digital Design Standard which underpins how the NSW Government designs digital services such as websites and apps.
Why we need it?
There’s often no consistent approach across government departments, and no easy way to collaborate and share resources. The Digital Design System helps to solve this challenge through a central repository of tools and resources for delivering consistent, user centred digital services.
What are the benefits?
Helps reduce duplication, and speeds up delivery and scalability by using tried and tested solutions. Create consistent and familiar experiences for our users. Makes it easier for industry to know what government expects.
How to use the Digital Design System
To help teams deliver consistent and cohesive digital services for our users, we have developed a standard that underpins how we design good digital services.
The Digital Design Standard
It’s made up of 6 parts with some mandatory and recommended bits:
- Create with purpose
Know what we’re aiming to achieve and why
- Respect privacy and maintain security
Build trust and confidence
- Design with users, for users
Meet user needs
- Reuse and repurpose
Avoid reinventing the wheel
- Be open, accountable and collaborative
Share and be transparent
- Continuously improve
Respond and adapt to change
To assist creators deliver on the tenets of the standard there is supporting content on style, accessibility, components and project delivery guides.
Colour, layout and typography to helps maintain and govern consistency to ensure uniformity in style branding and style.
Developer build building blocks, technology partner architecture, APIs and front end UI patterns to deliver a consistent experience for all users.
Tools and resources on providing equal access to information for all our audiences, with special consideration for people with disability.
Best practice and capability building resources from planning a project to the delivery of digital products and services.