My next design challenge (and I’m hiring a team!)

When I was at GDS, I found it hugely interesting to design for GOV.UK in a way that works for people who aren’t particularly confident with technology – designing for everyone.

It’s something I missed at Twitter, where my team was creating advanced interfaces in products for pro users – journalists and social media managers – pretty close to designing for myself. Continue reading

GOV.UK beta

When I left Clearleft in 2010, my intention was to run my own business, not take another full time job within a year. Becoming a civil servant wasn’t even on my radar. But after a 3 month contract on the prototype ‘Alphagov’ project in the spring of 2011 it felt right to be working on something that I knew by then would have a far reaching impact, and touch millions of people – even if it was in a small way for each of them. Continue reading

How a vote against capital punishment could help get it reinstated

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Earlier this week, the new Government Digital Service published the first user-submitted petitions on the new Directgov “e-petitions” website.

The press duly made a scandal out of nothing by running headlines claiming that as a result, the Government would soon be forced to debate the return of capital punishment.
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Uppercase, lowercase

Did you know that the origin of the words uppercase and lowercase dates back to the early days of the printing press?

Individual letters were stored in compartmentalised cases. The more commonly used ‘small’ letters were kept in the lower case, within easy reach of the typesetter. The capitals and accented letters were kept in the upper case – a little further to reach because they weren’t required as often.

Cases of type

Cases of type at Ditchling Museum.