Recently it has become commonplace for the flag above Parliament to be flown at half mast. Some of Parliament's followers on Twitter and Facebook have asked why this is done. So, what does flying a flag at half mast represent?
Dia Nag talks about our discovery work on ‘exploring the user needs for the development of the intranet’. We wanted to validate existing assumptions and gather requirements for the intranet through qualitative and quantitative research.
“Start with user needs” is a phrase we hear a lot. Steve Bromley has blogged previously about what it means and everyone agrees that it sounds like the sort of thing we should be doing. In this post he shares his thoughts about what happens after ‘starting with user needs’.
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.
Dan Barrett recently went on a work trip to Washington D.C. and Ottawa to meet people and talk about data and search. He talks about being more outward looking and what he's learned from others doing similar work.
Jack is a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton and he recently took a break from his studies for a two week placement with the user research team at PDS. He wanted to learn more about the profession so here’s what he found.
Gavin Elliott from the Department for Work and Pensions recently came to PDS to talk about imposter syndrome and mental health issues. He talked about the importance of getting help and why it's good to talk.
Loraine talks about her career in Parliament, what it feels like to find out you're being given an MBE, and why her careers advisor was right all along.
Some of PDS went to the first ever One Team Government event. It was a chance to talk about how to make government better by working together and many of the topics applied to Parliament. Laurence and Rebecca talk about what they learned at the event.
Charlie Browne, a House reporter for Hansard, has blogged about the common questions she gets about her job.