Who developed the Hawaii Web Style Guide?

The State of Hawaii, Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) (previously the Office of Information Management & Technology (OIMT)) developed this web style guide in collaboration with Hawaii Information Consortium (Tyler Hawaii) through an RCUH solicitation, RFP 2012-008. The web style guide, along with the state web template, are part of ETS’s efforts to establish a consistent look and feel for the State of Hawaii’s official websites that incorporate the latest web design & technologies.

Philosophy & Approach

Variety of devices for web

Our design philosophy is to COPE – Create Once, Publish Everywhere. By providing a comprehensive template & style guide, the State of Hawaii can provide a consistent look and feel across all the government websites. We can use the best new web technologies and create streamlined websites that helps citizens find what they’re looking for, efficiently and intuitively.

Web Today

Meeting the needs of today’s web users requires a mobile-sensitive mindset. We must accept that content can and should have a unique look & feel on different browsers.

The control which designers know in the print medium, and often desire in the web medium, is simply a function of the limitation of the printed page. We should embrace the fact that the web doesn’t have the same constraints, and design for this flexibility. But first, we must accept the ebb and flow of things. – John Allsopp, A Dao of Web Design, April 2000.

We must shift focus back to the content and end user. Responsive web design with a mobile first approach helps to provide the best user-centric web experiences.

Responsive Web Design

Content shifting from large display to small display

In Responsive web design, page content will adapt to look good and work well on a vast range of devices. This is accomplished using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Media queries allow the browser to receive different stylesheets depending on the viewport (browser window) width. Flexible grids and fluid media allow the website and its content to be device agnostic. JavaScript shims called polyfills and JavaScript libraries are used to backfill functionality in older browsers.

Mobile First Approach

Three devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop)

To do responsive web design, we must have a mobile first mindset and focus on content first. In mobile first, web planners & designers start with the small display sizes and progressively enhance outward. The mobile first approach encourages everyone who’s involved in the creation & growth of a website to think about content first – this leads to clean layouts, concise writing, and more intuitive web interfaces.