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The United States Now Has an Official Design Language

Kevin Whipps March 31, 2021 · 2 min read

You know who likes standards? The government. And just recently they came up with a new set of standards for the web, called, appropriately enough, U.S. Web Design Standards.

Why should you care? Well let’s use what the website itself says as an example (emphasis ours):

Built and maintained by U.S. Digital Service and 18F designers and developers, this resource follows industry-standard web accessibility guidelines and reuses the best practices of existing style libraries and modern web design. It provides a guide for creating beautiful and easy-to-use online experiences for the American people.

So basically, if you design websites, maybe you should give this a peek.

Once you do check out the Standards Guide, you can find yourself falling down the rabbit hole pretty quick. There’s a whole section on typography, with pairings and styles that show you how the page will perform and the advantages of that particular setup.

Get to digging through the site, because this is pretty cool stuff. Immensely geeky, yes, but very cool.


Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he’s not working on one of the many writing projects in his queue, he’s designing stickers with his wife at Whipps Sticker Co.

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