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.

http://alpha.gov.uk/ 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

Alpha.gov.uk 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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