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RUday Manchester | GOV.UK and user needs at the heart of content design | GDS

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Padma Gillen, a content designer at the Government Digital Service (GDS), gave this presentation at our Really Useful Day: GOV.UK & User Journeys, 20 November 2013, in Manchester.

The presentation looked at the creation of GOV.UK and how to put user needs at the heart of content design.

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RUday Manchester | GOV.UK and user needs at the heart of content design | GDS

  1. 1. GOV.UK Putting user needs at the heart of content design Padma Gillen GDS
  2. 2. 1. The story of GOV.UK 2.What’s a ‘user need’ and where do I get one? 3. User needs and content design Padma Gillen GDS
  3. 3. The story of GOV.UK Padma Gillen GDS
  4. 4. Once upon a time there were loads of government websites Padma Gillen GDS
  5. 5. 2004 Padma Gillen directgov businesslink GDS
  6. 6. GOV.UK 2012 Mainstream Users & Needs 2013 Specialist Users & Needs Padma Gillen GDS
  7. 7. Why? Padma Gillen GDS
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  9. 9. Simpler Clearer Faster Padma Gillen GDS
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  12. 12. (And it’s loads cheaper) Padma Gillen GDS
  13. 13. £42 million Padma Gillen GDS
  14. 14. Digital by default 20x cheaper than phone 30x cheaper than post 50x cheaper than face-to-face Padma Gillen GDS
  15. 15. Digital by default Post: £6.62 Phone: £4.11 Online: £0.22 Padma Gillen GDS
  16. 16. Design of the Year 2013 Padma Gillen GDS
  17. 17. D&Ad Awards 2013 Padma Gillen GDS
  18. 18. How did we do it? Padma Gillen GDS
  19. 19. User needs Padma Gillen GDS
  20. 20. Defining the user need “As a _______ I want to ________ so that I can ________” Padma Gillen GDS
  21. 21. Defining the user need “As a self-employed person I want to file my tax return so that I can avoid nasty fines.” Padma Gillen GDS
  22. 22. Who’s the audience? What’s the action? Why do they want to do it? Padma Gillen GDS
  23. 23. “As a self-employed person I want to file my tax return so that I can avoid nasty fines.” Padma Gillen GDS
  24. 24. We put user needs first Padma Gillen GDS
  25. 25. What’s the evidence of need? Padma Gillen GDS
  26. 26. Holiday entitlement Annual leave Padma Gillen GDS
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  28. 28. Holiday entitlement search Padma Gillen GDS
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  30. 30. Should we duplicate content to cater for different audiences? Student finance Part-time students Padma Gillen GDS
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  32. 32. User journeys should be: short, simple and specific users won’t read your content so don’t make them! Padma Gillen GDS
  33. 33. F-shape reading pattern Padma Gillen GDS
  34. 34. • Front-load sentences with the important stuff • If it’s not essential, leave it out • Break it up - use: - short sentences and paragraphs - subheads - lists - active voice Padma Gillen GDS
  35. 35. User journeys should: •define the audience •be ordered around what people need to know when •include enough information so the user can make a decision or take an action Padma Gillen GDS
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  37. 37. User journeys should: •be based on evidence of how users actually behave •not how you think they behave •and definitely not on what you want to tell them Padma Gillen GDS
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  39. 39. Steps through pension calculator Padma Gillen GDS
  40. 40. User journeys should: •be written in language used by real people •while taking account of language used by government Padma Gillen GDS
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  42. 42. User journeys should: Take the stress out of living in the UK! Padma Gillen GDS
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