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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



The Democratic Party10

The Democratic Party11







Ministerio de Cultura Brasil18


Best Place on Earth – British Columbia20

British Columbia21

New Democratic Party22


Shashi Tharoor24

Shashi Tharoor25

Frank-Walter Steinmeier26

Frank-Walter Steinmeier27

Principles of Freedom28

Principles of Freedom29

United States Postal Service30

United States Postal Service31

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum32

US Holocaust Memorial Museum33

Australian Trade Commission34


Peace Corps36

Peace Corps37

Bay Area Rapid Transit38




Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans42

PA Fed. of College Republicans43

Barack Obama44

Barack Obama45

Republican Party of Florida46

Republican Party of Florida47



National Park Service50

National Park Service51

National Library of Ireland54

National Library of Ireland55

Kettering Borough Council56

Kettering Borough Council57

Libertarian Party58

Libertarian Party59

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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.

  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

  3. 3

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


  4. 5 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…

  5. 6

    You need to see the new Brazil’s gov site: it’s most better than that you show here

  6. 7

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

  7. 8

    Great selection. Here is another great one from Canada …

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    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:

    thanks for your attention!

    Best regards!


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