Chris Ballantine-Thomas

I’m a designer working in public service design. I’m based in Liverpool in the UK.

I’m currently a Lead Designer at the Government Digital Service, where I work across GDS’ platforms. I previously led design on the GOV.UK Design System team.


At the moment I’m up for speaking at meetups and conferences, and have time for occasional small freelance projects.

If you’d like to chat, drop me an email or message me on LinkedIn.


I’ll get round to writing proper case studies at some point. But here are some projects I’ve worked on over the last few years:

Blog posts and talks

Shaping teams for co-design: a GOV.UK Design System story (with Imran Hussain)

Iterating the GOV.UK Design System contribution model

Moving from the private to the public sector as a designer (with Courtney Toth, Nikin Nagewadia and Vicky Teinaki)

Making links easier to see and read on GOV.UK

Things to consider when designing in alpha

Other things

Several years ago I wrote a self-help book called You Have Too Much Shit. It’s had 80,000 downloads, and on at least one occasion convinced a man in the US to get rid of his car.

I also love plants and gardening, and have started documenting what I’m up to at liverpoolgarden.