Showcase of Government and Political Websites

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Government websites are generally considered to be boring and unattractive in terms of design. While this may be true of the majority of government websites, there are some notable exceptions. In this post we will feature some of the best websites from government agencies and from politicians involved in government. This represents a small sample showing the most appealing sites, although there are hundreds and thousands of different government sites in existence from many countries (a report from 2008 revealed that there may be as many as 2,500 government sites from the UK alone).

Regardless of whether a site uses an attractive design or not, government and political sites typically will contain large amounts of information, and that content must be the priority if the site is to effectively serve its purpose. Some government sites serve as portals that direct visitors in different directions in order to help the find the sites of specific agencies or entities that will include the information that they need. Other sites serve a specific purpose, such as providing information about a museum, a park, or an exhibit. Of course, politicians and political parties also have their own websites to spread their messages, communicate with their party members, and to help find new supporters.

Showcase of Government and Political Websites:

Here is a look at a number of well-designed sites. They come from various different countries, political parties, and purposes.

The White House

The White House

Museum of Australian Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy

Billy Hughes at War

Billy Hughes at War

Utah

Utah

The Democratic Party

The Democratic Party

Recovery

Recovery.gov

Data

Data

Parliament

Parliament

Ministerio de Cultura Brasil

Brasil

Best Place on Earth – British Columbia

British Columbia

New Democratic Party

NDP

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Principles of Freedom

Principles of Freedom

United States Postal Service

United States Postal Service

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Australian Trade Commission

Austrade

Peace Corps

Peace Corps

Bay Area Rapid Transit

BART

Arkansas

Arkansas

Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans

PA Fed. of College Republicans

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Republican Party of Florida

Republican Party of Florida

Australia

Australia

National Park Service

National Park Service

Number10.gov.uk

Number10.gov.uk

National Library of Ireland

National Library of Ireland

Kettering Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council

Libertarian Party

Libertarian Party

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Steven Snell is a Web designer and blogger. In addition to maintaining his own blog and writing for a number of other top design blogs, he also manages an online shop that offers premium graphic design resources.

  1. 1

    Excellent collection, the designers behind Obama and the White House’s websites are brilliant.

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  2. 2

    great…great collection.
    You made the politics beautiful.
    Australian Trade Commission
    Museum of Australian Democracy
    Barack Obama
    National Park Service
    Republican Party of Florida..
    Infact all are amazing

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  3. 3

    Great showcase! Great resource! Would like to add a site my agency completed for Louisiana Economic Development:

    http://www.louisianaeconomicdevelopment.com/

    Thanks!

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  4. 5

    washingtonamerica.com is too conservative even as a humor site. scott erlandson is the publisher… erlandson is an asshole but, he would make a good politician and we wish he would run for president…

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  5. 6

    You need to see the new Brazil’s gov site: http://www.brasil.gov.br/ it’s most better than that you show here

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  6. 7

    wooooh nice collection of government website.well i need to take the reference for my government website design.thank you Smashing Magazine

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  7. 8

    Great selection. Here is another great one from Canada …
    http://www.edmonton.ca/

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  8. 9

    Hi Steve! I have made a Government site last year, would you check it out and give me your opinion?, Ive made some transparency systems to publish information.

    This site is from a electoral institute in Jalisco, México, the site is in:

    http://iepcjalisco.org.mx

    thanks for your attention!

    Best regards!

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