Is this mandatory?
Not at the moment, but it is likely to be in the future. We encourage you to use this non-mandatory period to familiarise yourself with the DDS so that you don’t have to scramble when it is made mandatory.
Why should I do this?
Because it’s good for the user. Regardless of whether you work in government or not, your aim should be to create the best digital services possible – this means taking accessibility, compliance, style and layout into account. The Digital Design System gives you all of the tools and guidance you need to create a user-first digital service.
What does compliance look like?
It will vary, depending on your service. Each of the design standards explains what compliance looks like (based on policy requirements) – you should look to each standard for guidance.
Where should I start?
Start with the first Digital Design Standard and work your way down. Given that the DDS is not is not yet mandatory, you have time to go and explore each of the six standards. We encourage you to do this with multi-disciplinary teams – involve your developers, your writers, designers, whoever – to get a broad perspective on each principal and what it will look like in your digital service.
Do you have examples of services which have used the DDS?
We do! The entire DDS website was designed based on the principles of the DDS – from working agile and putting users first, through to brand and accessibility compliance, the whole site is an example of the DDS in action. We'll add examples here as other teams make their DDS-based projects live.
Who do I talk to about how my team can implement the DDS?
The Digital Transformation Team. We’re always looking to chat to people who are engaged with the DDS. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can organise a time to meet up.