OS Elements is a modular design system for building map applications with Ordnance Survey's UI design styles.
It gives users everything they need to create map user interfaces which are consistent with the Ordnance Survey brand principles and best practices – all from an accessible, user-tested design system.
This project has been an ongoing collaboration with the User Experience and Digital Design teams – who built the design system; and whose ambition has been to provide a self service pattern library of built components to the end-user.
OS Elements has been designed to be modular. It is accessible and usability tested – and works across mobile, tablet and desktop.
Reusable components mean that users don't have to think about how the interface will work, i.e. they can just get on with building their application knowing they will have an interface which can be used in their next project.
The following template applications have been built to showcase the patterns a basic map interface should have:
OS Elements has already been used to build a variety of product demonstrators. Here are some current examples:
OS Open Zoomstack
OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Descriptive Terms
OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Heights
OS MasterMap Highways Layer