Design: The new team will create infographics, such as the one above
The unit will be based at the MoJ, and run as a joint venture with the Home Office. The 19-strong team will be available for creative design work across Whitehall, including reports, infographics, web banners, branding, logos and photography.
It is the first planned ‘centre of excellence’ for the Government Communication Service, which launches on 1 April. Other centres of expertise are anticipated in marketing and social media.
Peter Rainey, deputy director of corporate communications at the MoJ, said that his department has saved £60,000 by using an internal team rather than outsourcing design work, and that other departments using the team would find it up to 50% cheaper than external suppliers.
“We will see efficiencies from bringing these teams together, and we will look to take on more people to manage demand from other departments,” he added.
Simon Wren, Home Office director of communication, said he was “excited to be working with the MoJ and Cabinet Office to develop our collective expertise into a centre of excellence in design”.