Stacking the team for 2016


The Digital Team kicking off the Boston.gov redesign with IDEO and Acquia.

The Digital Team kicking off the Boston.gov redesign with IDEO and Acquia.

With the end of December comes obligatory year-in-review posts. But rather than drag you back through 2015, I thought I’d give you a look at the team behind the work.

For Boston’s Digital Team, 2015 was about building a stronger foundation, including a larger and more diversely talented group. We brought on a graphic designer, Sebastian, who, among many things, led the branding of BOS:311. Those witty, yet official tweets you see from @CityofBoston and blogs from Next.Boston.gov are the work of Matt, our digital engagement strategist.

The redesign of the City’s website (Boston.gov) has been an all-hands-on-deck project. We brought Beth on board as a project manager to coordinate with our partners, IDEO and Acquia. Katie is our web content manager keeping the City’s current website moving with an eye toward migrating all of its content to the redesigned site. Our new content strategist, James, will help us deliver on our promise to use a more human tone on the new site.

PDF-killer Josh is working to turn our roughly 400 PDF forms and applications on the website into online forms. To better strategically align our internal and external web efforts, Reilly joined the team to spearhead the redesign of our internal website. Finally, Fatima is our developer who valiantly juggles Drupal and ASP.NET to improve user experience on current tools while building new ones. We’re still looking for more dev talent more info on our hiring page!

In 2016 we’ll be launching a host of new tools, and importantly a redesigned Boston.gov. A pilot version will go live in January, which will give you a look at what we’re working on and also a chance to tell us what you think. More to come on that so stay tuned!

Finally, I want to thank you for being interested in this important (at least we think so!) intersection of civic and tech. We believe digital tools give us a powerful opportunity (and responsibility) to reach and engage people. We’ve done our job when people are delighted, interested, or engaged in the tools we build. We’ll keep you posted on the progress we make and always welcome your thoughts and ideas email us any time at digital@boston.gov.

Happy (almost) new year!

Lauren and the Digital Team

Going through the gnarly sitemap for the current City website.

Going through the gnarly sitemap for the current City website.

The City of Boston’s CIO Jascha (back, right) joined us for the website redesign kickoff at IDEO’s offices.

The City of Boston’s CIO Jascha (back, right) joined us for the website redesign kickoff at IDEO’s offices.


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