A simpler, clearer design for GOV.UK
Ben Terrett and the design and front end team have been focussing on making GOV.UK even clearer and simpler to use. We’ve reduced the amount of type styles and are now only using one typeface. We’ve made lots of small but important changes to our content pages – making them more consistent and removing distractions. Ben will be explaining more about all of this later in the week.
We’ve also released the next versions of the home page, search results pages, and section pages. The new home page explains what GOV.UK is about right now, and highlights new, popular or topical content and tools. The new search results and section pages are informed by user testing to ensure that users can get to the information they are looking for more quickly and easily. We’ll be doing a lot more testing with real users over the next few months, and making lots more changes based on what we learn.
New content and tools
We’re also starting to add content and tools to GOV.UK to meet the needs of UK businesses of all shapes and sizes, including the millions of self employed people around the country. This includes common tasks to do with starting up, or employing people for the first time, as well as information on business rates and protecting intellectual property.
We’re using the same approach as for other content in the beta – identifying needs, and then working out the best way to meet them by writing content or building simple to use tools. Sometimes this means creating a text-based guide to explain the key steps and things to be aware of, like setting up a limited company, or explaining and linking to existing government services like registering a trademark. We’ve also created a tool to help you work out whether someone has the right to work in the UK.
Another new addition is the Licence Finder tool which lets businesses and citizens find out which licenses they need – whether they’re starting a new business, branching out in a new area, or planning an event like a street party. Several people in the team have contributed to making this a clear and fast user experience, so we’ll share more detail on this in another blog post tomorrow.
We’ll be adding a lot more content and tools over the coming months, but for now you can find all of today’s new releases in the business section of GOV.UK.
Tell us what you think
We really want to hear what you think about the new content and tools we’ve released today, and the updates we’ve made to the user experience. You can leave comments here on the blog, or send us your feedback. From now on we plan to release something new to GOV.UK every week or two, so please check back regularly on GOV.UK and here on the GDS blog.
Author: Sarah Prag, Product Manager, GOV.UK Mainstream