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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 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

Recovery12

Recovery.gov13

Data14

Data15

Parliament16

Parliament17

Ministerio de Cultura Brasil18

Brasil19

Best Place on Earth – British Columbia

British Columbia

New Democratic Party20

NDP21

Shashi Tharoor22

Shashi Tharoor23

Frank-Walter Steinmeier24

Frank-Walter Steinmeier25

Principles of Freedom26

Principles of Freedom27

United States Postal Service28

United States Postal Service29

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum30

US Holocaust Memorial Museum31

Australian Trade Commission32

Austrade33

Peace Corps34

Peace Corps35

Bay Area Rapid Transit36

BART37

Arkansas38

Arkansas39

Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans40

PA Fed. of College Republicans41

Barack Obama42

Barack Obama43

Republican Party of Florida44

Republican Party of Florida45

Australia46

Australia47

National Park Service48

National Park Service49

Number10.gov.uk50

Number10.gov.uk51

National Library of Ireland52

National Library of Ireland53

Kettering Borough Council54

Kettering Borough Council55

Libertarian Party56

Libertarian Party57

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.recovery.gov/
  13. 13 http://www.recovery.gov/
  14. 14 http://www.data.gov/
  15. 15 http://www.data.gov/
  16. 16 http://www.parliament.uk/
  17. 17 http://www.parliament.uk/
  18. 18 http://www.cultura.gov.br/site/
  19. 19 http://www.cultura.gov.br/site/
  20. 20 http://www.ndp.ca/
  21. 21 http://www.ndp.ca/
  22. 22 http://tharoor.in/
  23. 23 http://tharoor.in/
  24. 24 http://www.frankwaltersteinmeier.de/
  25. 25 http://www.frankwaltersteinmeier.de/
  26. 26 http://research.history.org/pf/
  27. 27 http://research.history.org/pf/
  28. 28 http://www.usps.com/
  29. 29 http://www.usps.com/
  30. 30 http://www.ushmm.org/
  31. 31 http://www.ushmm.org/
  32. 32 http://austrade.gov.au/
  33. 33 http://austrade.gov.au/
  34. 34 http://www.peacecorps.gov/
  35. 35 http://www.peacecorps.gov/
  36. 36 http://bart.gov/
  37. 37 http://bart.gov/
  38. 38 http://portal.arkansas.gov/
  39. 39 http://portal.arkansas.gov/
  40. 40 http://www.pacollegerepublicans.com/
  41. 41 http://www.pacollegerepublicans.com/
  42. 42 http://www.barackobama.com/
  43. 43 http://www.barackobama.com/
  44. 44 http://rpof.org/
  45. 45 http://rpof.org/
  46. 46 http://www.australia.gov.au/
  47. 47 http://www.australia.gov.au/
  48. 48 http://www.nps.gov/
  49. 49 http://www.nps.gov/
  50. 50 http://www.number10.gov.uk/
  51. 51 http://www.number10.gov.uk/
  52. 52 http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx
  53. 53 http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx
  54. 54 http://www.kettering.gov.uk/site/index.php
  55. 55 http://www.kettering.gov.uk/site/index.php
  56. 56 http://www.lp.org/
  57. 57 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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