These are extracts from just some of the, arguably objective, quotes of the awarding body and judges of this years Design Museum Design of the Year Award 2013. “’The Oscars of the design world’ showcase the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product.”
Many congratulations are in order for the Government Digital Service who have created GOV.UK. The Service arose out of the recommendations of Martha Lane Fox following her report “DirectGov and beyond 2010” which was the also the, sort of, birthplace of GOV.UK
We have been supportive for some time and in spite of the inevitable problems and difficulties along the way the progress has been and likely will be most impressive.
One of the features mentioned by the judges and in the Design Museum press release was the typeface. “ …. a revised version of a classic typeface, designed by Margaret Calvert back in the 1960s.” In fact it is based on the Transport typeface which is used on all UK roadsigns! For you typography geeks here’s a blog post which goes into a lot more detail. The site including this typeface certainly to us gives a very “clean” impression.
You can read in this typeface the Governments press release on the GOV.UK site!