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From time to time we post product updates, guidance, and interviews we’ve conducted with users of the U.S. Web Design Standards.

The U.S. Web Design Standards are currently being used on hundreds of government sites, with an audience of more than 59 million monthly users. In this eighth post in our series, we met with Jennifer Thibault, visual designer and innovation specialist, to talk about the Federal Election Commission (FEC)’s use of the Standards on fec.gov.

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The U.S. Web Design Standards are currently being used on hundreds of government sites, with an audience of more than 59 million monthly users. In this seventh post in our series, we sat down with Maureen Earley, program management specialist with the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES), an office within the General Services Administration, to talk about her team’s use of the Standards on oes.gsa.gov. The OES brings diverse scientific experts onto their team for year-long rotations, where they work with federal agencies to implement and rigorously test changes made to government programs to evaluate whether or not they increase the ability of agencies to achieve their missions with greater success and efficiency.

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The U.S. Web Design Standards team continues to sit down with various agencies who are using the Standards. In this sixth post in our series, we talked to Olivier Kamanda, project manager for code.gov to learn how that team adopted the Standards. Code.gov is a new platform designed to be the home for federal source code–a platform for improving the quality of government software. It launched in November 2016.

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Every quarter the team takes a look at how many users have been exposed to the U.S. Web Design Standards across the federal government. We do this by pulling a subset of information that’s collected as part of the Data Analytics Platform.

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The team recently worked on the design assets to ensure that the latest components are present in the provided sticker sheets. These sticker sheets are meant to provide design teams with the assets they need to create wireframes or high-fidelity compositions quickly and effectively. The biggest change is the team’s decision to retire the Omnigraffle sticker sheet.

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The U.S. Web Design Standards are currently implemented on hundreds of government sites, with an audience of more than 26 million monthly users, and they’ve been recommended by the Office of Management and Budget for all government agencies. We chatted with Brandon Ruffridge, Senior Software Developer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, to talk about his team’s use of the U.S. Web Design Standards.

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With the recent launch of U.S. Web Design Standards 1.0, it’s time for the team to take a look at the road ahead and determine what areas of the Standards they should focus on. To accomplish this, the team meet for a collaborative research and design workshop where ideas were proposed then mapped based on the ideas importance and feasibility.

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