So, what’s new?

You can now filter patterns

Different patterns solve different problems. To reflect this, patterns can now be filtered by category, things like Give consent, Share data or Authentication.

Each category organises patterns in problem areas. This will help teams find the right patterns for their service.

It’s easier to compare patterns

Each new pattern lists the advantages and limitations of using it. This, along with filtering by category, is to help teams compare patterns. We hope that will help people have more informed discussions about which patterns are the right ones for them.

We’re updating our illustrations and guides

David will write about this in the new year, but one of the things we set out to do was update how we show patterns in action. We’ll be updating patterns over time, but for now you can see the new style on patterns like proximity sharing and verifiable proof.

Proximity sharing pattern

There are new patterns too

As well as some new features, we’ve documented eight more patterns in the catalogue:

These are a mix of patterns we’ve seen increase in use over the year and that people have shown at our Trust & Design meetups. We’ll be adding more patterns throughout 2018.

We’ve made it easier to contribute

If you’re a user of the catalogue and you’ve got an idea for improvements, there are a couple of ways you can get involved. You can still visit the repository on GitHub and make a pull request, but we’ve also created a Google form.

The catalogue is still a work-in-progress. Every bit of feedback helps build a tool that’s already helping teams build more trusted services.

At our Trust & Design meetups this year we heard about how the catalogue has helped people working in healthcare and whose work brings them into contact with vulnerable people. That was humbling, but also really motivating. Improving the catalogue feels like a powerful way of helping more people make services that are more trustworthy and respect people’s rights.