The website GOV.UK has won the Design Museum
Design of the Year Award 2013. This revolutionary website designed by the Government Digital Service (GDS) combines all of the UK governments websites into a single domain. The winning design was chosen from 98 entries to claim the overall prize.
The award was presented to Mike Bracken, Executive Director of GDS, Ben Terrett Head of Design at GDS and Nick Hurd Minister for Civil Society at an awards reception held at Angler, South Place Hotel, London. The jury unanimously agreed that GOV.UK was the overall winner for Design of the Year 2013 for its well thought out yet understated design, making the user experience faster and easier. The website is regarded as one of the leading government websites in the world.
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader said: I am delighted that the GOV.UK website has won the Design of the Year Award 2013. This government is committed to being the most transparent in the world. For the first time, people can find out what's happening inside government, all in one place, and in a clear and consistent format. It is just another example of Britain's world class design talent standing out on the global stage; in this case helping to enhance the modern relationship between the public and government.
Deyan Sudjic, Director of Design Museum adds GOV.UK is a remarkable success on so many levels. It makes life better for millions of people coping with the everyday chores, from getting a new passport, to paying their taxes. Its a reflection of the government understanding how to communicate with the country in a way that works, its simple, direct, well mannered, all the things that we would like to take for granted from the government, but in a sea of red tape and jargon, usually cant. GOV.UK looks elegant, and subtly British thanks to a revised version of a classic typeface, designed by Margaret Calvert back in the 1960s. It is the Paul Smith of websites. The rest of the world is deeply impressed, and because it has rationalised multiple official websites, it saves the taxpayer millions, whats not to like?
Design of the Year jury member Griff Rhys Jones comments: It is an extremely complicated task to look through such a vast array of design and decide upon one winner. You end up with arguments for and against all the nominations but in the end GOV.UK was a clear winner. Its a vote of confidence to the idea that the government can lead the way with simple and clever design. It creates a benchmark for which all international government websites can be judged on.
The seven category winners were also recognised at the ceremony:
Architecture: TOUR BOIS-LE-PRÊTRE, PARIS - Designed by Frédéric Druot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
Digital: GOV.UK WEBSITE Designed by Government Digital Service
Fashion: DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL - Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Furniture: MEDICI CHAIR - Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi
Graphics: VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE IDENTITY Designed by John Morgan Studio
Product: KIT YAMOYO - Designed by ColaLife and PI Global
Transport: MORPH FOLDING WHEEL - Designed by Vitamins for Maddak Inc.
GOV.UK and the other shortlisted designs are currently on show at the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum, London until 7 July.