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Q&A with our summer intern

July 25, 2019

Our intern has made numerous contributions during his time with us. In this post, he discusses the projects he has been working on and takeaways from his experience.

Making open data useful

June 27, 2019

We design our open data site with users. It's not enough to publish the data; our goal is publish the right data, in the right way, to make it as useful as possible.

Making tough content choices

May 16, 2019

Fundamental to any content strategy is the process of balancing user needs, business objectives, and workflow requirements. Evaluating those variables leads to the real challenge to come: making difficult content choices.

Journey maps as communication tools

May 3, 2019

We've been using journey maps as communication tools to share domain knowledge and information about user experiences.

Mapping revenue data by county

April 18, 2019

We've been exploring options for the geographic representation of revenue data. In this post, we explore the variability in revenue data by county (with Python) and produce a choropleth map (with D3.js).

Content architecture: how we built support for multiple blog post authors

March 27, 2019

How we modified this blog's starter template to apply the DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) principle to content architecture for author details.

Becoming a product manager

March 14, 2019

Our product manager came to her position from a very different career path. In this post, she discusses how she came to this role, what she has learned, and how she applies what she's learned to her responsibility as a public servant.

Teaching digital skills: learning usability testing by peer training

February 7, 2019

Our user experience designer has been running the usability testing process from recruiting participants to building prototypes – by herself. We decided it would be helpful to peer-train two of our program analysts to conduct usability testing. In this post, we share the training process and what we learned.

How we rebuilt our open-data homepage part two: development

December 20, 2018

In our second post about our homepage rebuild, we share how we converted our homepage to GatsbyJS with React, GraphQL, and D3 to visualize data sourced from Excel files, as we refactor the entire site.

How we rebuilt our open-data homepage part one: design

December 6, 2018

We recently rebuilt the Natural Resources Revenue Data homepage. In this first post about the rebuild, we'll share how a revised product vision and user research led us to the redesign. We'll also share our design priorities and prototypes.