Digital

  • Scottish Government celebrates World Interaction Design Day (IxDD 2021)

    17th September 2021 by

    For the first time The Scottish Government will be hosting a series of presentations and talks from 28th to 30th September to celebrate this year’s World Interaction Design Day for internal staff. What is IxDD 2021? IxDD 2021 is an annual event where Interaction Designers and User Centred Design practitioners come together as a united global...

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  • Digital Scotland Design System

    25th August 2020 by

    Today marks the launch of the Digital Scotland Design System. This post explains what a design system is, who it’s aimed at, and how you can get involved. Firstly, what’s a design system? A design system is a collection of reusable components (in code) that can be put together to quickly and easily build your...

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  • 5 things I learned from my first content crit

    4th December 2019 by

    Just days into my role as a new content designer I faced a baptism of fire – my first content crit. This meant the whole content design team – 10 of us – gathered to give frank feedback on my first content piece. No pressure! I rise from the flames to share what I learned:...

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  • Reflections on content design, Agile and Waterscrumban

    3rd December 2019 by

        I recently spent a year on secondment to Scottish Parliament working, as part of its web and online project, on content for its new website.   I’m glad I did it and if you’re thinking about a secondment, go for it.   As well as learning more about how the Parliament works, my...

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  • 8 common content design myths that content designers want you to stop believing

    12th November 2019 by

    There are lots of assumptions, misconceptions and myths about content design that just won’t die. Here are just a few and why they’re not true. 1. Content design is about words This is a popular one. Words are one way to present complicated content, but they’re not the only way. Examples of other types of...

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  • Making our data machine readable

    7th June 2019 by

    The Data Standards team are based in Atlantic Quay in Glasgow and are working to improve the interoperability of public sector data by helping computers understand what our data means. So much data and information is available to us everyday but it’s not always in a format that we, the public, or computers (that act...

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  • Scottish Government to host International Design in Government Conference

    27th February 2019 by

    Announcement from Sarah Davidson, Director General for Organisational Development and Operations.   I am delighted to announce that Scottish Government will host the International Design in Government conference in Edinburgh on 25 – 26 June.   The International Design in Government conference brings together an established community of designers working in government across the world....

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  • Redesigning Design

    17th December 2018 by

    This is a blog by Dhruv Sharma and Anna Henderson in the Office of the Chief Designer about making sure everyone can participate in design activities. The way we deliver government is changing. Governments redesigning services around the needs of users is just one very practical example of this. It seems ironic that, while design...

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  • Web archiving – what you need to know

    29th November 2018 by

    To celebrate World Digital Preservation Day (29 November) we’ve published guidance on web archiving. Working with National Records of Scotland and National Library of Scotland – the organisations who carry out legal duties to archive web content – we’ve created new archiving guidance for content owners across the public sector. Our aim is to make...

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  • Scottish Digital Academy – Building capability to deliver transformation.

    22nd November 2018 by

    Guest post by Agile coach, Dean Rhodes from the Scottish Digital Academy, Scottish Government. Our aim at the Scottish Digital Academy is “building capability to deliver digital transformation” but what does that actually mean? Well, on our courses, we focus on two main things, why we are building that service and how we build the...

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