We recently tried using the Google Ventures design sprint methodology on our committees project for beta.parliament.uk. Rachel Elliott-Potter talks about what we did and what we learned using this new way of working.
Parliament currently offers various search functions and our vision is to offer a unified search experience. Replacing the current search on the website with the new search service is the first big step towards that goal.
It’s been a huge team effort to get to this stage. Data, content, front and back end development, user research and design all working towards one goal. Victor Hwang is a designer and he talks about how we’re putting the portraits to work on our beta site.
Elisabeth Ward has written about the importance of editing and why using fewer words can improve your writing.
Ben Woodhams has been seconded to PDS to help design the data models that will underpin Parliament’s new website. He explains what this all means and why there should only be one John Prescott in data terms.
Laurence Grinyer talks about the common misconception that design is only about aesthetics.
Dan Barrett talks about building a new data service for Parliament. One of the things he's learned over the past year is that it’s really hard to talk about Parliamentary data in a way that’s accessible to all. That’s what this blog post is trying to do.
The Data and Search team are working to improve the search function on parliament.uk. It’s the start of more work we’ll be doing on search in the future.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at the Committees pages using Google Analytics data. We wanted to understand how users interacted with these pages and measure performance so that we can make improvements.
With so much work going on at PDS, it can be easy to take our live services for granted. The work to build our new website is challenging our whole way of thinking, especially our approach to content management. In the meantime though, we've been doing plenty of work on parliament.uk.