Our Work

Where do your tax dollars go? If you live in Washington State, now you have an easy way to find out.

Office of the Washington State Auditor

The Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) wanted to make it easier for Washingtonians to track their tax dollars at work, a challenge that required a new approach to old ideas about government websites. With interactive maps, downloadable audit reports, and user-customizable manuals, Gard designed a site to serve several different audiences, including the general public, government accountants, legislators, journalists and financial analysts. The SAO staff believes that information is power, and they wanted to equip the residents of Washington with information in an easy, inviting way. Gard’s team was eager to help make that happen.


  • Surveys and focus groups
  • Website information architecture
  • User experience design
  • User interface design
  • Interactive map
  • Interactive member accounts
  • WordPress development
  • Usability testing
  • Strategic messaging
  • Copywriting
SAP website on different devices
Website design and development
SAO Center for Government Innovation
Strategic use of illustrations
SAO website audit process infographic
Custom infographics
SAO website interactive map
Interactive map: design and development