govuk-design-system VS playbook

Compare govuk-design-system vs playbook and see what are their differences.


One place for service teams to find styles, components and patterns for designing government services. (by alphagov)


The Digital Services Playbook (by usds)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of govuk-design-system. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-07.


Posts with mentions or reviews of playbook. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-07.
  • Singapore Government Tech Stack
    3 projects | | 7 May 2022
    I'm sure there might be because several years ago the U.S. created the U.S. Digital Service with the premise being recruiting professionals (yeah mostly from corporate but not only) to spend time in the government and help modernize many of its aspects and offerings...for the benefit of the citizens, etc. Here's one example of their playbooks:

    ...While not exactly like the Singapore page linked in this post, alot of the intent with the USDS - as i understand it - is alos to be quite transparent with the hope of any other government agencies/orgs such as state/province level, city level, etc. benefiting from their ideas and hopefully broadening the benefit at all levels. Here is the main site, but of course (as the above playbook link denotes), there are plenty of other related sites that might help better answer your question:

  • White House Launches US Digital Corps
    6 projects | | 31 Aug 2021

    Do [lawmakers and aides] make good "Product Owners", stakeholders, app feedback capability utilizers? GitLab has Service Desk: you can email into the service desk email without having an account as necessary to create and follow up on [software] issues in GitHub/BitBucket/GitLab/Gitea project management sytems.

    > That's changing at the federal level. They know they've got a problem. Why shouldn't federal software be as easy to use as the best web software? If you've ever tried to use it you will quickly learn that isn't the case.

    "PLAY 3: Make it simple and intuitive"

    > Some sites will only work with IE and no other browser. Developers in two years can make a huge difference for making the government be more agile and operate better.

    US Web Design Standards

    6 projects | | 31 Aug 2021
    > I've worked with state government as a volunteer advisor. They're still developing everything with waterfall. Only contracting out to big firms, even if it's a small project. Lawmakers and aides sit in a room and write down what is to be done.

    The US Digital Services Playbook likely needs few modifications for use at state and local levels?

    "PLAY 1: Understand what people need"

    "PLAY 4: Build the service using agile and iterative practices"

  • Download the FCC Speed Test App
    4 projects | | 14 Apr 2021
    There is no reason this app should NOT be opensourced. They should be defaulting to open per Play 13 of the US Digital Service handbook >
  • The US Digital Services Playbook
    2 projects | | 31 Dec 2020
    Not only that, but the entire process is fairly transparent. For instance the code for this website is available here

    Along with full commit history.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing govuk-design-system and playbook you can also consider the following projects:

uswds - The U.S. Web Design System helps the federal government build fast, accessible, mobile-friendly websites.

eleventy-about-me - Personal portfolio website template built with Eleventy.

open-case-filing-system - A worthy contender in the race for a replacement to the Case Management / Electronic Case Filing System.