Tuesday I was busy catching up with all the emails I’d ignored last week. The most important was reviewing CVs for contract user experience designers to replace Tom while we hire a permanent replacement.
I also had to fill out the recruitment template on SharePoint for the permanent replacement. I think SharePoint is terrible and I predict that moaning about it will be a recurring theme in my weeknotes.
Carlie also showed us the National Trust tea rooms which are just a 15 minute walk from the office. There is a lovely coartyard too which feels a million miles away from the lovingly named ‘Government Buildings’, where ONS is based.
Lastly on Tuesday we had a chat about how to improve the maps we publish on the ONS website. There were some difficult conversations about how we balance rich interactive content with accessibility and progressive enhancement.
I was meant to be going to the Digital Accessibility Centre in Neath to observe them auditing the “filter a dataset” part of Customise My Data. But, I caught a stomach bug off the kids so I couldn’t go.
I was off again on Thursday to look after the kids, but managed to do some prepping for the contractor interviews during nap time.
We (the designers in digital publishing) held a second design review/critique session because I’d missed the usual Thursday slot.
Matt has started mocking up design patterns for the interactive content that we publish on the website, so we can begin to formalise the designs and be more consistent across releases.