Building Off Feedback: A Re-Design of Code.gov

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Jul 2 · 4 min read
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  • Linking Conventions. From the Guidelines for GSA’s Digital Presence, “Every GSA domain must develop and post a clear and comprehensive policy for linking to other websites… at a minimum, these policies must be available from a Web Policies and Important Links page.” Code.gov fell short on this policy and needed an update reflecting its effort to comply.
  • Layout. As mentioned earlier, the USWDS 2.0 offers a new design system taking advantage of a grid approach to design. The previous version of our website did not adhere to this, and this re-design is a first step in rectifying that.
  • Section 508 Compliance in Version 2.0. With the improved branding that includes a new color palette and typeface, Code.gov was able to improve its color and contrast combinations and align with the USWDS color palette in order to meet 508 compliance standards.
  • Details in Linking Conventions and Website Policies. As we found in previous tests, Code.gov needed a link policy. We added information on our linking conventions to our existing Privacy Policy information as a new section and renamed this to “Web Policies” in the site footer. Finally, we added an official “website of the United States government” banner to better inform our visitors.
  • Logo Update. Finally, the original Code.gov logo was updated to reflect our new color palette. The updated Code.gov logo remains simple in design while not detracting from other featured logos such as the GSA Star Mark when in use.
  • News and events. As part of our continuing effort to foster community, we are now showcasing news and events. Upcoming hackathons and release notes are just a couple examples.
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