May 28, 2022

FYI: U.S. Federal Government Introduces Web Design Standards

These new standards (currently in alpha) are the result of a collaboration between 18F (GSA) and U.S. Digital Services (The White House).

From an 18F Introductory Blog Post:

The U.S. Web Design Standards are the U.S. government’s very own set of common UI components and visual styles for websites. It’s a resource designed to make things easier for government designers and developers, while raising the bar on what the American people can expect from their digital experiences.

In the Web Design Standards, you will find:

  • A visual style guide: Typography and color recommendations that are 508 compliant, flexible, and designed for readability and impact.
  • Common UI components and patterns: A collection of foundational interface elements for government sites and the code that powers them.

In creating these tools, we set out to accomplish four goals:

  1. Make the best thing, the easiest thing. We believe that making tools that align with the values and needs of digital workers in the federal government will drive adoption.
  2. Be accessible out of the box. We created tools that seamlessly meet the standards of 508 accessibility, from colors to code.
  3. Design for flexibility. We aim to give the American people a sense of familiarity when using government services, while allowing agencies to customize these tools to fit their unique needs.
  4. Reuse, reuse, reuse. We reviewed, tested, evaluated, and repurposed existing patterns, code, and designs from dozens of government and private sector style guides to make use of tried-and-true best practices.

Direct to U.S. Web Design Standards (via

Read More About the New Design Standards and How They Were Developed



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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.