Every new president elected into office comes with the promise of change, and one of the first changes that President Obama has made is the redesign of the White House website, whitehouse.gov. The new website was launched on January 20th, at 12:01PM, moments after the Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States.
“One of the first changes is the White House’s new website, which will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world,” wrote Macon Phillips, the White House director of New Media. Phillips also wrote that the new website would uphold one of President Obama’s pledges to publish all new legislation seven days before it is signed to allow the public to comment.
The newly designed website comes with all of the latest in web technology; living up to true web 2.0 standards. Aesthetically, the website is a sound example of all the best practices in graphic design: great typography, lovely usage of colors, and (thankfully) a smaller logo. In addition to all that; compared to its predecessor, the new website has a clear and concise main navigation, making the website easier to browse and more user friendly.
But even more notable than its spiffy new theme, the upgraded website boasts a blog, interactive slide shows, weekly videos and other frequently updated news on the president and administration. The new blog and media center, dubbed the “Briefing Room,” has been updated almost every day since President Obama’s inauguration, and on occasion more than once a day.
While Golden State Communications launches websites just like the new White House Website every month, it is certainly exciting to witness a presidential administration that embraces technology the way this one does.