Turn and face the strange
Here’s all the new and wonderful stuff the Design Office has been working on:
- Updated design.chicago.gov due to some snarky but accurate community feedback.
- Reviewed a cool map application soon to be released by the Department of Planning & Development and their technology partner.
- Supported internal rollout of a change to our IT processes through the start of an intranet site. Whoa, SharePoint.
- Reviewed an ambitious proposal for how to go about reorganizing our digital information.
- Slept off Thanksgiving feast (short week, with Friday off).
- Whoops, fixed chicagodesignsystem.org so it resolves to design.chicago.gov securely.
- Worked with our design partner on v2 of Census 2020.
- Integrated CHI.GOV with bit.ly, testing to follow shortly…
- Blown away by crazy good DePaul Design class presentation, more to come shortly.
- v0.9 hit the streets. WHAT?!?
- Hammered out some SASS rendering issues that were driving me crazy. Computers are fun until they do what you unintentionally tasked them to do.
- Learning about Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
- Went to Google’s Chicago Office to chat about tech. Thanks for the yogurt & fancy water!
- Presented our system to the Mayor for approval. Got it.
- Presented our system to the Mayor’s Office for implementation planning.
- Coding coding coding on that Bootstrap 4 Chicago Design System theme.
WHAT THE WHAT WHAT? ALL SAINTS DAY, THAT’S WHAT.
Oh, yeah, GitHub Bootstrap Chicago Design System Theme, baby! Coming to a theater near you!
Lots of conversations about accessibility and budgeting, most of them depressing but informative. Given our resource constraints, we will need to really focus and work with our teams, departments, and vendors to ensure digital accessibility consistently.
Also, we’re going to trash the work we’ve done in establishing USWDS 1.0 as our baseline, and move to a Bootstrap 4 theme. More on that once I blog more for realz.
Read like 700 pages of RFP responses, nearly died. Made a movie about how much we like Frontify. Used Frontify to distribute a bunch of brand assets. Took a vacation.
Production, production, production, production. production. This website is chuggin’ along!
Happy Octember, when it still kinda feels like summer, but winter’s sharp teeth catch you at the start of end of the day. Anyway, last week was an “exciting” week of trimming budgets and managing expectations, two keys for government work.
Refinement of color profiles as we begin shipping items from the Chicago Design System, and writing up lots of how to and launch notes. Exciting times. Who knew distributing fonts via remote updates could be so exciting?
Also, lots of planning for rollout. Lots. And lots. Of scribbles on napkins.
We bid our lovely and talented intern Abigal Lammers and our September work adieu as we update the changelog for a last time in September and the first time this fall.
What did we do? Corrected, refresh, and refined content and display of design.chicago.gov, including a new card-driven home page and card style, and lots of color correcting, re-correcting, and over correcting. It has now been corrected.
- Launched design.chicago.gov, including messing around with DNS changes, Jekyll configuration settings, and all other kinds of gross code. Ew!
- Round 90 of the payment calculator. Now it’s a web page. Soon it will explain many things about the Mayor’s new payment plan.
- Design System, Design System, Design System.
- Census 2020 support.
- Accessibility test on the policy & procedures portal intranet. Ouch! Back to the drawing board on parts of this one, with an upgrade or change coming. Thanks to Claudia & Peter from Great Lakes ADA Center for the assist in testing!
- That payment calculator isn’t going anywhere.
- New & exciting upcoming collaborations with DePaul University.
- Secret design stuff.
- Vacation, baby. It was great!
- Payment calculator round two. This is going to be a case study, I think.
- Finished our first draft of an holistic approach to RULA: readability, usability, language access, and accessibility for City of Chicago digital services.
- Ate team’s weight in bbq at DoIT Picnic.
- Struggled to maintain consciousness.
- Created a prototype to address content and interaction design challenges in navigating our ticket payment and vehicle payment plan website, in addition to prototyping a ticket payment calculator.
- Emcee’d ThinkChicago’s design challenge with Beth Bond. Tons of fun!
- Evaluated accessibility of an internal and an external application.
- Reached out to a website visitor to get context on more accessibility issues.
- Planning to update colors on chicago.gov to be more accessible.
Administrivia abounds, as we worked on:
- our Master Consulting Agreement
- a website redesign proposal
- a memo and presentation regarding the city’s identity
- investigated an approach to translation as a service for city web applications
- Updated the 311 Open Roadmap