When I arrived on site to help the Hawaii.gov team, the pieces were in place for something dramatically new: an ambitious Chief Information Officer who wanted a brand new direction, combined with a smart development team looking for a new approach to building a large scale government website.
We quickly worked through an agile prototype, design and build process. I led agency stakeholder meetings, content strategy reviews, design and front-end coding development. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished. The new Hawaii.gov went from style tiles to full launch in under twelve weeks.
Reinvention. That’s the mission of MyUSA, one of five ‘game changing’ projects part of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
I served as a member of the inaugural class of fellows, working on the visual development, UX and product design for all things MyUSA. We were tasked with a central challenge: develop a brand that defies the typical associations we have with government.
MyUSA went from whiteboard sketch to private beta during our six month fellowship, and is slated to launch in 2014.
The task: A creative direction for Pennsylvania government online. I led the Pennsylvania Interactive team through information architecture planning, content strategy sessions, UX, UI and front end development.
Rapid prototypes ensued, with productive stakeholder meetings every step of the way. Sporting a new tile interface, the new PA.gov launched this fall.
Directly inspired from the presidential seal, the Presidential Innovation Fellows logo draws on classic American iconography and typography. It can now be seen on lapel pins and laptop stickers all around DC.