.gov designer

.gov designer: Lou Huang

Lou Huang

.gov designer is a regular GovFresh feature profiling the people behind public sector design.

Who

Lou Huang
Fellow, Code for America
Creator, Streetmix

When did you first become interested in design?

I’ve always had a creative streak. When I was growing up I was always drawing and building things. I was really into LEGO and drawing maps of fake cities, and I always thought I would go to college for architecture… so I did. My dad, an engineer, wanted me to major in computer science. I didn’t do that, but I was also growing up at the time the Internet and web design was becoming popular, so I dabbled in it.

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.gov designer: Danny Chapman

Danny Chapman

.gov designer is a regular GovFresh feature profiling the people behind public sector design.

Who

Danny Chapman
Director of design, NIC

When did you first become interested in design?

I grew up spending a great deal of time in art galleries with my parents, so that cultivated my interest in art and design. At the same time, I started tinkering with websites as a teenager, creating terribly clunky websites on GeoCites, figuring how HTML worked. In college I majored in art history while taking classes in music, ceramics and computer science. Eventually I figured out I could combine the two worlds.

How did you get into .gov design?

After years of working on websites on the side, I decided to pursue website design as a career and was looking for work. I found an ad for a design position working on RI.gov — Rhode Island’s government web portal, (powered by eGovernment company NIC), and the rest was history. Since that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work on eGovernment projects across the country, from New Jersey, Maryland, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Hawaii, and recently as a Presidential Innovation Fellow assigned to projectMyUSA.

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