How to start working for the government and the public sector

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There is a lot of recruitment going on at the moment for the Public Sector: Service Designers, User Researchers, Content Designers and Interaction Designers.

This is good! But they are struggling to get people because they want candidates with previous experience in the government. Or what recruiters and hiring managers often call “GDS experience” when in fact what they mean is more like “experience of the Service Toolkit“.

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How to grow as a designer?

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Looking at job ads, your value is usually judged by number of years on the job + tools you know and have experience with, but really… it should not be.

collage with UX Glasgow logo, photo of piles of book, sharpies, people chatting during a meet up, screenshot of a confirmation of order on Eventbrite, my journey professional journey as a tubemap  and a certificate from the Interaction Design Foundation
My own journey, meet-ups, various events, books and online courses – photo from UX Glasgow meet-up session pre-covid
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Is my website accessible?

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Well, if you are asking, it probably isn’t. Accessibility is usually not that hard to achieve but you have to have this in mind while creating your website, not as an after thought.

This post is written for people who are new to digital accessibility and want to learn how to improve it.

screenshot of the website Lingscars.com . There is text, drawings pictures everywhere, very flashy colours, different fonts, everything is competing for your attention
Example of a terrible website. You can see it for yourself warning: flashing colours, sounds, animations and more …
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Security questions

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Quite often now, when you create an account, you’re supposed to pick a question and enter your answer to it. There are many problems with this.

screenshot of a list of questions you can chose from and one of them (circled in red) is: what is your favourite security question?
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Ice cream base

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This is something I used to do at kids parties: do your own ice cream.

No need for a fancy machine, just two ingredients.

little pots of ice cream with trace of jam at the top, behind, there is a pot of whipping cream, a pot of jam and a tin of condensed milk
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