Community and contribution

The DWP Design System is for everyone. It brings together the latest research, design and development from across DWP teams to make sure it is representative and relevant for its users.

This depends on teams from across DWP sharing their research and experiences. Please tell us when you use a published or proposed pattern by contributing to the community backlog on GitHub or getting in touch with the Design System team.

How to contribute

Anyone can contribute to the Design System by proposing a new component or pattern, helping to develop an existing component or pattern or adding research insights to existing components or patterns.

We use the GOV.UK Design System’s contribution criteria to assess new designs or changes to existing designs.

Before you start, check the GOV.UK Design System and the DWP Design System Community Backlog to see if your idea has already been suggested.

To help develop a proposed pattern

  • If your idea is already on the backlog, follow the link from the backlog page to its GitHub issue or discussion.
  • Add your comments, feedback or examples of the component or pattern in use.
  • The Design System team will be in contact with you to talk through your findings and discuss if more work is needed.

To propose a new component or pattern

  • If your idea is not on the backlog, you can create a new backlog item in GitHub. Tell us why you need the component or pattern and share any examples or evidence you have to support the proposal.
  • The Design System team will be in contact with you to help with the development of the new component or pattern.

To contribute to a published component or pattern

  • Follow the link from the component or pattern page to its GitHub issue or discussion.
  • Add your comments, feedback or examples of the component or pattern in use.
  • The Design System team will be in contact with you to talk through your findings and discuss if more work is needed.

DWP Design Examples

DWP Design Examples (opens in Confluence) is a reference tool run by the Interaction Design community. It includes interaction flows, components and patterns designers across DWP are working on to help solve user needs. Each design includes examples of its use and any research that has been gathered.


Get in touch

If you’ve got a question, idea or suggestion share it in #design-system channel on Slack or email the Design System team on dwp-design-system@engineering.digital.dwp.gov.uk