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Why the Chicago Design System?

Jason Kunesh

The Chicago Design System is our new public identity to make Chicago more inclusive of our communities, make the Mayor's voice more effective, and save over $5 million annually. read more

Choosing the CDS Color Set

Abby Lammers

An explanation for the CDS colors. You can view the final color set in [Figma]( read more

A Plan for the Current & Desired Future States of Digital Services for Readability, Usability, Language Access, & Accessibility (RULA)

Jason Kunesh

The Mayor’s Office asked DoIT to review the city’s website and digital communications for usability, language, disability access, and other under-utilized opportunities. This work has dovetailed with ongoing work to respond to the findings of the Inspector General’s report “Language Access Ordinance Compliance Audit Follow-up Inquiry.” read more

Using Google Translate for Internationalization

Abby Lammers

The City of Chicago is exploring different strategies for web translation of City content. This demo was developed to test the viability of computer translation, specifically neural machine translation services (NMTS). read more

Introducing Lukas Hoffman

Lukas Hoffman, Jason Kunesh

Lukas Hoffman was a most excellent intern for The City of Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology during the summer of 2018. Learn a little more about Lukas in his own words. read more