Cadence note: Each release will be accompanied by blogs to provide context and lend a voice to the highlights of the release.

Release 1 - March 2021

Introduces the biggest aspects to how Shelter delivers digital work. These include our working principles, our model for devolving content publishing, and our content guides - the first wave of digital guidelines and standards which underpin our commitment to quality.

Release 2 - September 2021

This release will feature the tools of Shelter’s design and new brand, as well as additional guides:

  • Our new brand guidelines, including logo, colour, typography, tone of voice and more

  • Accessibility guides covering the background and details of making our sites fully useable by people with disabilities

  • Video guides for staff, agencies and freelancers

  • Our digital lifecycle, which gives Shelter a sustainable mechanism for all of our digital output

Release 3 - February 2022

Introduces the fundamentals of our planning at various levels, and the evidence-based culture that plays a huge part in planning.

This focus includes:

  • our goal-oriented approach to product planning

  • the key skill of roadmapping - at the product/service level, team level and for all Shelter digital plans

  • how we do release planning

  • the crucial elements of measurement and audience research

  • the roles that drive our digital governance

Release 4 - May 2022

Introduces the tools, resources and processes of our UX work, from research tools to our design system and pattern library, as well as our technical architecture.

This includes:

  • the foundations of our design work

  • user research best practice

  • design ethics and our racism policy

  • our digital environment and development standards

  • tools to support our external partners