Gov.UK Wins Design of the Year

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The government website GOV.UK won the Design Museum's Design of the Year award for 2013, beating out category winners like the Tour Bois-Le-Pretre in Paris, a Diana Vreeland documentary and the Medici chair.

The site, which combines all of the United Kingdom government's sites under a single umbrella, was designed by the Government Digital Service, and was chosen from 98 entries to win the honor. Last year, the award went to the London Olympic Torch.

The jury, chaired by Ilse Crawford, head of Studioilse and head of department at the Design Academy Eindhoven, unanimously chose the site to win the award. In a statement, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron, Prime Minister, said he was "delighted" that the site won the award. "This government is committed to being the most transparent in the world," he said. "For the first time, people can find out what's happening inside government, all in on place, and in a clear and consistent format."

GOV.UK is a move away from the bureaucracy that typically marks so many governmental web presences. It lets Britons pay taxes, get a new passport, find information on student loans and get legal help -- all via a simple, easy Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, called it "the Paul Smith of websites" in a statement.

The site, along with the other shortlisted category winners, are currently on display at the Design Museum through July 7.

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