Alpha.Gov.UK – An Interesting Way To Prototype

by on May 17, 2011

Having worked on quite a few public sector websites over the last couple of years, I’ve found that people don’t often want to go through the time and effort of building a prototype / wireframe, but would prefer to move straight to the design phase and decide which colour blue they should use. is the opposite.

Put up by the Cabinet office, it’s is an experimental prototype (an ‘alpha’) of a new, single website for UK Government.

To quote directly from the site is a prototype, built in response to some of the challenges laid down in Martha’s report. It has two overarching objectives:

  1. To test, in public, a prototype of a new, single UK Government website.
  2. To design & build a UK Government website using open, agile, multi-disciplinary product development techniques and technologies, shaped by an obsession with meeting user needs.

What’s really nice is the fact that asks for feedback directly on the site


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We’ll be watching to see how this site progresses with interest

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