Here's a great article from Maya Benari that explains how 18F created a system that is helping agency teams improve government websites.
Maya explains why things like colors, typography, and balanced spacing must be carefully considered. She also shares some important lessons, like the importance of talking to the people your work is supposed to help, knowing your strengths, and being able to “start small and iterate.”
Since the U.S. Web Design Standards launched in September 2015 there have been 100 government projects that have adopted the standards.