About

The prototype kit provides a simple way to make interactive prototypes that look like pages on GOV.UK. These prototypes can be used to show ideas to people you work with, and to do user research

Community

We have two Slack channels for the Prototype kit. You'll need a government email address to join.

Principles

The prototype kit:

  • is designed for prototyping, not for production code
  • requires minimal skills to get started: HTML, CSS
  • should be fully documented in a way that is accessible to the target audience
  • makes use of existing GOV.UK tools and templates; the GOV.UK template, GOV.UK front end toolkit and GOV.UK elements
  • allows for server-side code
  • can be extended - for example using NPM to install a module, access datastores, etc
  • makes it easy to share prototypes with others online

Privacy

You must protect user privacy at all times, even when using prototypes. Prototypes made with the kit look like GOV.UK, but do not have the same security provisions. Always make sure you are handling user data appropriately.

The kit is not a production framework

Things made with the kit may look like GOV.UK, but do not have production code and likely aren't fully accessible. Don't use the kit as a base for a production service.