Orchard Typography and Variable Fonts

This blog is going to focus on our fonts and typography: what we designed, why we designed it this way, and how this system is different from just about anything else you might have come across. We’ll cover the new font technology we’ve embraced, some new ideas in typography and techniques in cascading style sheets (CSS), and how it all makes a positive impact on web performance and accessibility.

Introducing Orchard: The GovHub Design System

One of the biggest challenges in creating unified systems of websites — for universities, corporate families, or government — is finding the balance between cohesive unity and unique differentiation. Providing enough similarity so that sites feel connected and “in the same family” while still allowing them to feel distinct. A good design system balances user needs and the site owners’ desire to maintain a differentiated identity. We created our design system and named it Orchard with just this balance in mind: letting the trees be unique while still belonging to the same forest!

Recap: GOVTalks Spring 2020 - Measuring the Performance of Your Website

Read about DSGa's 13th GOVTalks conference, sponsored by our web analytics partner, Siteimprove. For this, DSGa's first-ever virtual event, we introduced the Siteimprove dashboard, a tool that enables agencies to monitor, measure, and improve the performance of their websites and deliver a better experience for users. 

How to Define the Success of Your Digital Properties

In his keynote for GOVTalks Spring 2020, Chief Digital Officer Nikhil Deshpande gave attendees a detailed look at digital metrics strategies and the critical role they play in helping agencies measure, analyze, and report on the effectiveness of their digital properties. He also discussed the ways that GovHub, the state’s official content management system (CMS), and its performance measurement tool, Siteimprove, give agencies everything they need to monitor, evaluate, and improve their website’s performance. 

Siteimprove: Better Measurement, Better Websites

At GOVTalks Spring 2020, Travis Vermeulen, Principle Customer Service Manager for Siteimprove, gave attendees a close-up look at Siteimprove, how it works, and the way it and its web analytics tools can help them continuously improve their websites.

Quality Assurance: A Content Strategy that Prioritizes People

At GOVTalks Spring 2020, DSGa’s Will Alford, Director of Content, and Rachel Hart, Solutions Analyst, took attendees deep into the Quality Assurance module of Siteimprove. We learned that Siteimprove’s Quality Assurance module encompasses User Experience (UX), Content Quality, Security, and Content Freshness.

Accessibility Made Simple: Using Siteimprove to Drive Your Accessible Content Strategy

At GOVTalks Spring 2020, DSGa’s Testing and Support Lead, Jasmyne Epps, gave attendees an in-depth look at Siteimprove’s Accessibility module. She explained how agencies can use Siteimprove to better understand web accessibility and to empower their organizations to develop content with accessibility standards and guidelines baked in.

GovHub and the New SEO

At GOVTalks Spring 2020, DSGa’s Amanda de Zayas, Content Strategist, and Ericca Farrington, Outreach Coordinator, teamed up to talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). We learned what SEO is, how search engines work, and what makes up a search ranking. They also explained how agencies can use Siteimprove’s SEO tools to help constituents find their websites quickly and easily via search engines, like Google, Yahoo! and Bing.

Add Titles to Landing Pages

You’re now able to check a box on the page’s Edit screen labeled “Show title on screen.”

Default Link Text

When you type the words “learn more” in the link text field, you’re actually hurting the accessibility of your content and making it harder for people with disabilities to find what they need. To help, we’ve now added default text to a few micro-content types.