6 Consistent and responsive design

Build the service with responsive design methods using common design patterns and the style guide for digital content

Why it’s in the Standard

Using responsive design, following common design patterns and style guidance for digital content, and making sure the service is accessible means it will be simpler, clearer and faster for all users. It will also be available on the platforms and devices that users choose.

Consistent design that is responsive to different devices helps you to save time and money by re-using something that already exists that follows better practice, and is based on data and user research. This means you can concentrate on the unique things your service needs to do.

Responsive design ensures that users can interact with your service regardless of their device size or type, and browser or device processing power. The service should follow mobile-first design principles, consider users on slow internet connections or with limited download data, work well for both mouse and touch devices, and use front-end technology that works well regardless of device processing power.

Writing and designing content so it is consistent, plain and in the language of your users helps people gain trust and confidence in using different services. By providing information they can easily understand they may be less likely to use alternative websites that could be misleading.

How you’ll be assessed

During Alpha you need to consider the design methods and patterns you could apply in your service, and how you can communicate simply and clearly with your users. You should show that you:

As you develop through Beta and progress to Live, you should be applying these principles and design methods and will be expected to show them in your service.

Further reading

Last updated: 6 May 2016