Press Release 31.3.2023

City of Helsinki won a Grand One design award – Gofore one of the service creators

Grand One is Finland’s largest annual competition for digital media jobs. The winners were announced at the Grand One Gala on March 30, 2023. Gofore has been planning and implementing the winning work of the Best Design System series, the Helsinki Design System.

Design System is a collection of user interface components, standards, and elements that are reusable in various digital services and whose purpose is to manage, unify and facilitate design. There are 17 series in the Grand One competition.

Helsinki Design System

For the first time, the Best Design System title was awarded to the City of Helsinki. Helsinki Design System is a design and development tool that supports the ease of use, accessibility, and uniform appearance of the city’s digital services and platforms. The creators of the services can focus on identifying customer needs and improving the customer experience since they don’t have to do all the functionality themselves from scratch. Helsinki Design System is open source code and available for free use by everyone.

Helsinki Design System is produced as a multi-professional collaboration with different suppliers. It was designed by Gofore and Nitor and, in addition to Gofore, it was implemented by HiQ, Kodan, Nitor, Siteimprove, Solita, Finnish software development OSK and Unicus.

Grand One competition

Grand One is a competition for Finnish digital media work. There are 17 series in the competition. The work entered in the competition must be designed mainly in Finland, but the production may have been done abroad. The exceptions are the Best Implementation and Most Innovative Use of Technology categories, for which the works entered must also have been produced in Finland.

Gofore also competed in the Best Design System series with the Design System designed and created for the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, which is part of the everyday life of everyone living in Finland. Its goal is to ensure a uniform, accessible, and high-quality user experience of national-level public digital services, regardless of the agency behind the service. Its components have been used to implement a number of citizen transaction services, from making a notice of move to strong identification and everything in between. At the same time, a considerable amount of tax money has been saved, as each agency and service has not tried to create its own electronic transaction experience from scratch, but has been able to utilize pre-planned and functionally tested elements.

The Design System has been made accessible and open to everyone from the beginning. Its mission is to contribute to the advancement of the digitalization of public administration and the accessibility of services by solving usability challenges on behalf of several actors and sharing the solutions openly for everyone to use.

Gofore is an international digital transformation consultancy with Finnish roots. We have over 1,400 impact-driven people in 19 locations across Finland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Estonia, and Italy. With our technology and business expertise we create an equal digital society and sustainable solutions for the intelligent industry. Our diverse group of professionals share a pioneering ambition to create a more humane, sustainable, and ethical digital world. Our values guide our business: Gofore is a great workplace that thrives on customer success. In 2023, our net sales amounted to EUR 189.2 million. Gofore Plc’s share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland. Our vision is to be the most significant digital transformation consultancy in Europe.

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