I haven’t posted since May???? Wow…

Recently a discussion came up related to the use of gender-neutral language in our writing. …

There are a LOT of conversations around the Government of Canada about design systems right now. I love it!

But for all the excitement about consolidation, consistency and efficiencies, I’m worried we’re missing something.

The user experience. …

Last week, I wrote about design systems, and there’s so much more to unpack, I don’t even know where to start. So, I’m going to list a few topics here for now, and then hopefully work my way through them in the future.

If you want to engage in the…

Alt: a man with a shirt labeled ‘security’ stands in front of some eager women reaching forward towards the camera, holding them back from advancing

I’ve been in a few cross-governmental discussions lately about design systems and shared component libraries (if you’re part of the GC, join us over in the design-gc-conception.slack.com group!).

Some of my favourite conversations have been around the purpose and intended audience of a design system, which have been really interesting…

I’ve been thinking a lot about scaling UX. When I joined the CRA UX R&D team in October, we had a decent-sized team of about a dozen (four of us were hired within three months). We’ve more than doubled in size since then.

When you have a small team, you…

Monthnotes? April 2021 :-)

It turns out that the work I’ve been most interested in since starting at the Canada Revenue Agency has been focused internally.

They’re the projects that haven’t been really clearly defined. A request comes in, and then as we start to investigate, more layers reveal themselves. …

Weeknotes: March 1–5, 2021

I moved from Ottawa (Eastern time zone) to Penticton (Pacific time zone) at the end of 2020. …

Weeknotes — Feb 22–26, 2021

I’ve missed posting a few times over the past month or so, to the point where I’m just going to stop counting posts and/or weeks. Cut my losses and just get back to writing!

Last week I attended my first ever Nielsen Norman Group training session. Their courses, conferences and…

Weeknotes Post #37: Jan 30–Feb 14, 2021

Yes, I know that Jan 30 — Feb 14 is more than a week.. But this is my 37th post since starting with the public service :-)
And I’m not posting this til March. Yikes! I got behind. …

Weeknotes #36: Jan 26–29, 2021

Last week, the W3C consortium released the first public working draft of WCAG3.0.

“Ah, WCAG,” you’re thinking. “The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.”
Not anymore. With WCAG3.0, they’ve changed what the letters in the acronym stand for. Now it’s the W3C Accessibility Guidelines (dropping the words ‘web’ and ‘content’).

Dropping the…

Andrea F Hill

Sr UX Specialist with Canada Revenue Agency, former web dev and product person. 🔎 Lifelong learner. Unapologetic introvert. Plant-powered marathoner. Cat mom.

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