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Showcase of Government and Political Websites

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 20081 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: Link

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

The White House2

The White House3

Museum of Australian Democracy4

Museum of Australian Democracy5

Billy Hughes at War6

Billy Hughes at War7

Utah8

Utah9

The Democratic Party10

The Democratic Party11

Recovery

Recovery.gov

Data12

Data13

Parliament14

Parliament15

Ministerio de Cultura Brasil16

Brasil17

Best Place on Earth – British Columbia

British Columbia

New Democratic Party18

NDP19

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Frank-Walter Steinmeier20

Frank-Walter Steinmeier21

Principles of Freedom22

Principles of Freedom23

United States Postal Service24

United States Postal Service25

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum26

US Holocaust Memorial Museum27

Australian Trade Commission28

Austrade29

Peace Corps30

Peace Corps31

Bay Area Rapid Transit32

BART33

Arkansas34

Arkansas35

Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans36

PA Fed. of College Republicans37

Barack Obama38

Barack Obama39

Republican Party of Florida40

Republican Party of Florida41

Australia42

Australia43

National Park Service44

National Park Service45

Number10.gov.uk46

Number10.gov.uk47

National Library of Ireland48

National Library of Ireland49

Kettering Borough Council50

Kettering Borough Council51

Libertarian Party52

Libertarian Party53

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/29/government_websites_uncontrolled/
  2. 2 http://www.whitehouse.gov/
  3. 3 http://www.whitehouse.gov/
  4. 4 http://moadoph.gov.au/
  5. 5 http://moadoph.gov.au/
  6. 6 http://billyhughes.moadoph.gov.au/
  7. 7 http://billyhughes.moadoph.gov.au/
  8. 8 http://www.utah.gov/index.html
  9. 9 http://www.utah.gov/index.html
  10. 10 http://www.democrats.org/
  11. 11 http://www.democrats.org/
  12. 12 http://www.data.gov/
  13. 13 http://www.data.gov/
  14. 14 http://www.parliament.uk/
  15. 15 http://www.parliament.uk/
  16. 16 http://www.cultura.gov.br/site/
  17. 17 http://www.cultura.gov.br/site/
  18. 18 http://www.ndp.ca/
  19. 19 http://www.ndp.ca/
  20. 20 http://www.frankwaltersteinmeier.de/
  21. 21 http://www.frankwaltersteinmeier.de/
  22. 22 http://research.history.org/pf/
  23. 23 http://research.history.org/pf/
  24. 24 http://www.usps.com/
  25. 25 http://www.usps.com/
  26. 26 http://www.ushmm.org/
  27. 27 http://www.ushmm.org/
  28. 28 http://austrade.gov.au/
  29. 29 http://austrade.gov.au/
  30. 30 http://www.peacecorps.gov/
  31. 31 http://www.peacecorps.gov/
  32. 32 http://bart.gov/
  33. 33 http://bart.gov/
  34. 34 http://portal.arkansas.gov/
  35. 35 http://portal.arkansas.gov/
  36. 36 http://www.pacollegerepublicans.com/
  37. 37 http://www.pacollegerepublicans.com/
  38. 38 http://www.barackobama.com/
  39. 39 http://www.barackobama.com/
  40. 40 http://rpof.org/
  41. 41 http://rpof.org/
  42. 42 http://www.australia.gov.au/
  43. 43 http://www.australia.gov.au/
  44. 44 http://www.nps.gov/
  45. 45 http://www.nps.gov/
  46. 46 http://www.number10.gov.uk/
  47. 47 http://www.number10.gov.uk/
  48. 48 http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx
  49. 49 http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx
  50. 50 http://www.kettering.gov.uk/site/index.php
  51. 51 http://www.kettering.gov.uk/site/index.php
  52. 52 http://www.lp.org/
  53. 53 http://www.lp.org/
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  1. 1

    Chase Whiteside

    December 5, 2009 1:43 pm

    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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