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18F and the U.S. Digital Service have been busy inventing a new UI library to improve the navigation capabilities of websites of multiple federal agencies. The new library, packed with helpful design and style guidelines and dev code, aims to improve navigation across government services by making branding and interaction patterns simpler and more consistent. The UI library includes a collection of foundational interface elements, including buttons, forms, and search bars that can be used to design web prototypes for government sites.
The initiative aims to help government digital workers to create trustworthy, accessible, and consistent digital government services quickly and easily. With common opensource UI components and patterns, the goal is to align the values and needs of federal government designers and developers and create a sense familiarity across the board.
But not only this, the UI library’s style guide hopes to improve the user experience for all those looking to interact with federal websites. From their user research, USDS has seen users feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by the lack of harmony between sites, poor search capabilities and impossibility of accessing information via their mobile devices.
The new kit has taken off in the private sector, alongside UI toolkits made by other federal agencies.