GOV.UK beats Raspberry Pi in race for prestigious design award

The government’s recently launched single domain website, GOV.UK, has beaten fourteen other nominees to win the digital category in the prestigious Designs of the Year competition.

It has won out against both the popular credit-card sized computer, Raspberry Pi, and the Windows 8 phone.

GOV.UK was built using agile methodologies by the Government Digital Service (GDS) and replaces Directgov. GDS is in the process of migrating government departments to the new platform, with all ministerial sites expected on GOV.UK by the end of April.

It was launched in October last year and will act as a single domain for citizens accessing services and information across government, and forms a fundamental part of the government’s digital strategy to get more transactions online to cut costs and improve efficiencies.

One panel member deciding on the winner, digital designer Nicolas Roope, said that GOV.UK had “created a design that is inclusive for all”.

GOV.UK will now compete against the other design categories, which include architecture, fashion and transport, to be selected as overall winner. The winner will be announced on 16th April.

For a full list of the nominees and winners, click here.

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