Open-sourced governmental design system
Design system is a collection of design principles, guidelines, rules and style guides. It guides digital service makers in making services systematically. Design systems exist not only in private companies, but also public sectors. World leading pioneer governmental design systems includes GOV.UK Design System and Australia Government Design System.
Design system for Taiwanese government
National Development Council in Taiwan released Digital Service Principles in 2019 (re-hosted by Ministry of Digital Affairs in 2022), but it wasn't straightforward to apply in the making of digital services without tangible examples or templates as best practices. PDIS then had the first crack at initiating an applicable design system for public digital services.
We hired two more design interns and one experienced digital designer to work together with the developers in the team iteratively. The team conducted a week-long research around great private or public design systems, and then reached out to people who have created or used design systems, which includes the design and engineering team behind a design system, the governmental official to led digital service projects, the project managers from outsourcing companies, and users of governmental websites.
An open-sourced, re-purposible design system
The team set up a clear goal from the beginning to make a re-purposible design system due to the nature of making of public digital services in Taiwan. As there was no centralised agency looking after, examine the overall design and experience of digital service guidelines (NDC reviews only accessibility of public websites. Though released the Digital Service Principles, they do not review the design and experience of incoming digital services such, as websites.) it is a common case that each ministry, departments, offices would outsource their official websites to a IT company that they have collaborated a some time. Other temporary sites or eventual apps would largely follow the same route and get outsourced. It was obvious that any design system we created would need to be flexible and really save time and effort in order to be applied to the original making process.
This project in still in progress. Our current result is a combination of guidelines, components and templates on Github. We are working on compiling a more easy-to-follow guidebook and release the design files on Figma very soon.