Tim Paul

Hey there, I'm Tim - I'm an experienced design leader working in the UK public sector.

I’ve built diverse design teams, led successful agile projects and designed multiple award winning websites.

I'm interested in how design relates to systems, services, standards, training, technology and accessibility.

I'm currently the Head of Interaction Design at the Government Digital Service.

You'll find me on Twitter, Linkedin, BlueSky or Mastodon.

Work #

Some work highlights from the last 10 years.

  1. Creating the GOV.UK Design System
  2. Designing usable, accessible public services
  3. Growing a diverse, inclusive design team
  4. Helping designers develop their careers
  5. Building design capability through training

Education #

I've been designing public services for 20+ years now but my original background is in Artificial Intelligence.

I studied Linguistics & AI at Edinburgh University, focusing on Natural Language Processing.

Talks and blog posts #

I speak at events and blog – most regularly about the experience of building the GOV.UK Design System.

Talks #

How to use and contribute to the GOV.UK Design System
UK Gov Design Meet-up, London
6 April 2021

Introducing the GOV.UK Design System
GDS Podcast
28 February 2020

Measuring the value of the GOV.UK Design System
UK Gov Design Meet-up, London
5 February 2020

Running a Design System for Government
International Design in Government Conference, Rotterdam
20 November 2019

Building the GOV.UK Design System
Design Systems Meet-up, Oslo
12 February 2019

Blog posts #

Using AI to generate web forms from PDFs
13 May 2024

Singing like a state
3 May 2024

Automation and the Jevons paradox
27 April 2024

Adapting the GOV.UK Design System for the NHS
Co-authored with Dean Vipond
4 June 2019

Building the GOV.UK Design System
Co-authored with Alice Noakes
30 October 2017

Looking at design systems across government
21 December 2016

Introducing GOV.UK Frontend Alpha
14 October 2016

Improving tools and resources for designers in government
8 September 2016

Design at Scale: Building a design community
Co-authored with Caroline Jarrett
November 2015

One thing per page
3 July 2015

Designing for new and regular users at the same time
8 October 2014

Outside work #

In my free time you’ll find me reading, running, taking photos and making music.