18F starts building pattern library for federal government websites

Government Wide Pattern Library

18F has started building a much-needed federal government-wide pattern library.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of a pattern library, it’s a standardized, front-end design style guide for all the components of a website, such as fonts, colors, layout and forms (example: Code for America’s pattern library).

This is an important project in that it (hopefully) begins to set a standard common look and feel for all federal government websites and moves the focus from design to user experience.

If agencies get on board with the standardization, millions of dollars in savings would be realized, not to mention a path for expedited development processes because front-end code can be easily re-purposed and deployed.


About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh, co-founder/CEO of ProudCity and co-host of the podcast, The Government We Need. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at luke@govfresh.com.

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