Rapid Prototyping for the Web Using the US Web Design System

At Bixal, we believe fast cycles of prototyping and testing accelerate learning, reduce risk, and improve outcomes. As government agencies are modernizing their websites and improving customer experience using the U.S. Web Design System (USWDS), we're working to empower designers to take ownership of prototyping in the web medium and enable them to better collaborate with developers through the common language of the USWDS.

A typical need we see in government is for people to fill out a simple screener before they complete a larger task. When these forms are long, onerous, and confusing, they lead to wasted time and bad data. For our case study, we'll show you how we prototyped and tested 3 versions of an HHS screener in less than 4 weeks, making major improvements in accessibility, usability, and user experience.

And then we'll walk you through how you can take what we built and reuse the template for your own rapid prototyping purposes!

This event was put together in partnership with Bixal.

Virtual Platform

This event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join on the Zoom app via a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, in order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. (You can register for a membership on our website for just $50 for a year.)
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy, in our FAQs.

How to Prepare

For the best experience of our event, we suggest you:

  • Use a laptop or desktop computer
  • Have a good internet connection
  • Download the latest version of Zoom
  • Use a headset
  • Create a GitHub account


  • This event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.
  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

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You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

About DC Design Week

Built and run by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of our community — hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers by helping local, design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!

When & Where
Thu, Oct 7, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT