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About the Scottish Government Design System

What the Design System is, who can use it and the benefits of using it

The Design System is a collection of reusable styles, components and patterns from the Scottish Government.

Organisations can use it to build accessible and usable:

  • websites 
  • micro-services - for example, online application forms
  • web applications 

Who can use the Design System

The Design System is open source and free to use. 

We encourage organisations across the Scottish public sector and third sector to use the Design System to build accessible online services.

New government services being developed and assessed through the Digital Scotland Service Standard assessment should use the Design System.

The Design System is currently used by services such as:

Why use the Design System

Using the Design System means you can:

  • save time and money – compared to building new components
  • create consistent user experiences across government services 
  • build accessible, inclusive services – the patterns and components are accessible
  • track user behaviour – using built-in tracking HTML attributes with analytics tools

Design System team

The Design System is designed and maintained by the Scottish Government Digital Directorate’s Design System team.

The current team is:

  • Kevin Allen – Lead Graphic Designer
  • Juliette Brelsford – Senior Content Designer
  • Rebekah Chown – Senior Delivery Manager
  • Jonathan (Jono) Ellis – Lead Performance Analyst
  • Jennifer I’Anson – Product Owner
  • David Kindness – Senior Front-end Developer
  • Scott Langley – Lead Interaction Designer
  • Douglas Park – Graphic Designer
  • Anusree Raju – Senior Interaction Designer
  • Jonathan Sutcliffe – Lead Front-end Developer
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