Today we’re releasing a new and exciting report and strategy that outlines what’s next for the U.S. Web Design System (USWDS) and our community.
Thanks to the participation of content managers, designers, engineers, policy analysts, and thought leaders across dozens of federal agencies, we conducted the largest research effort in the history of the design system. We conducted 60 interviews across 33 teams to better understand how teams are dealing with emergency response situations (specifically COVID-19) in terms of their digital communications, as well as their needs as users of the design system.
Taking action on what we learned from the research, we created and updated several design system components and templates to address the common needs agencies faced.
Their insights and observations also brought into focus a set of near-term opportunities — and longer-term vision — for the design system.
“The more we use the design system to standardize how we build digital experiences, the more we will improve how the federal web functions.”
— From a digital modernization thought-leader during interviews
Though agencies start with different goals and capabilities, we discovered they follow a common journey with similar needs when it comes to adopting and using the design system.
A vibrant design system that more effectively meets these five needs is instrumental to agencies being able to deliver exceptional digital services. To get there, we’ll focus on the following near-term opportunities:
Improve strategic communications and engagement with key audiences including existing and new USWDS users
Provide more robust guidance and support around getting started with the design system
Leverage related efforts within TTS and the broader government digital services community