Obama White House Website Design — the President's Web Site

Update: the new White House Website is launched!

Presidential White House Web Design...Change sure IS a'comin!

The new White House website design: what to expect?

We know who President-Elect Barack Obama’s web designers were: SimpleScott, and later Walker Hamilton too.  My sources tell me (don’t you have sources? 🙂 ) that Scott Thomas and Walker Hamilton are no longer working with the Obama or Change.gov website. Scott Thomas is busy working on an art collective project (VERY cool stuff).

Change.gov web design

The Change.gov site is basically BarackObama.com restyled a bit. The Change.gov site uses many resources from the barackobama.com website, including most of the main CSS file. The Change.gov website was designed by Matt Ipcar. The Change.gov website’s back-end (just like the Obama website) is being handled by Blue State Digital.

What can we learn about the WhiteHouse.gov web design?

If the Change.gov web site is any indication, we can extrapolate the following: Continue reading “Obama White House Website Design — the President's Web Site”

Barack Obama: Screw the Auto Industry

The EV1 Electric Car
After congratulating the President-Elect on his win, I wrote a quick note about how frustrated I am with the auto industry.

My main reason for writing is that I want to voice my strong disapproval of bailing out the auto industry. Detroit has lagged behind in innovation and proven themselves incompetent and greedy. Auto makers should not be rewarded for making gas guzzlers while scrapping thier 100+ miles per charge electric car.

It would be a great benefit if the government would force automakers to bring the EV1 out of the scrap yard and either use or share the technology inside, instead of pushing some false-innovation such as the Volt. The Volt is one more lie from the auto industry reluctant to leave gas and oil behind.

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Found: Barack Obama's Web Designer

Update: The New WhiteHouse.gov Website

Update: Who will be the White House web designer?

A lot of people have wanted to know who designed Barack Obama’s website. With good reason: Obama’s website is beautiful. It even conveys Obama’s message of hope in it’s wistful design. Well, here it is:

Barack Obama’s web designer is:

SimpleScott. SimpleScott designed Barack Obama’s website, so here’s to SimpleScott for a gorgeous design.

From Scott Thomas, of SimpleScott:

I am the creative director of New Media for Obama for America. The team consisted of many people in house as well as many volunteers. Project leads were myself and John Slabyk. We are maintaining site and brand in-house. Sol Sender designed the logo before I joined the campaign.

How did I find out SimpleScott was involved? Just check out Obama’s main style sheet. SimpleScott uses CSSEdit, a great program for Mac CSS web design.

The CSS code gives it away:

CSS Version 2: – View the stylesheet


/* CSS
Author: Scott Thomas
Client: Obama for America
Created: 12-15-07
Modified: 12-22-07
*/

CSS Version 3: – View the stylesheet


/* CSS
Author: Scott Thomas
Created: 12-15-07
Author: Walker Hamilton
Modified: 08-10-07
*/

Did you notice there are two authors for Version 3? If you’re like me, you want to know who this Walker Hamilton fella is that is referenced in Version 3 of the CSS.

This is from Walker’s resume at walkerhamilton.com:

I architected and implemented the deployment mechanisms and technologies for the campaign’s various web properties. I implemented various applications to improve some processes, automate others, and facilitate instate/headquarters communications for departments within the campaign. Other duties included general maintenance, day to day content administration, and feature planning and development for the social network tied into the site.

Update: I’ve learned a couple of more people who were involved in the BarackObama.com website:

The Barack Obama logo design is by Sender, LLC

Sender, LLC developed the Obama ’08 logo.

From Brian Drum, of Sender LLC

Sender designed the original mark, but the site is developed and maintained in-house by the campaign’s web team.

Sender was involved *only* with the development of the “sunrise” mark, and had no role whatsoever in the design, development, or maintenance of barackobama.com.

Leave your reactions here

Do you like the design, or not? What aspects work best for you? Drop a line below.

Which design do you like?  I prefer the lighter, more optimistic “Primary Obama” website, not the Obama/Biden serious, solumn “General Election Obama” site. What do you think?

Democratic Convention – losing focus and message through technology

I listen to NPR (KFCR in Colorado), and I’ve heard a few bits about the Democratic National Convention here in Denver. One of the main topics in these bits is how technologically advanced the DNC ’08 convention is going to be.  There will be blogging, there will be YouTube, there will be Twittering, and so on. They want to “tear down the walls” and get people involved, but somehow it all seems so empty!

Rich in media, lacking a real message

So I get it, Democrats are tech-savvy. But what about citizens older than 30 that may be wary of technology and wanting a real political voice?  What about grandma and grandpa sitting at home, wondering whether to vote McCain or Hillary/Obama? When people look at the TV, what is the message voters will get?

Does the convention invite them to become part of the party that supports universal health care, peace, and strengthening the middle class? Or will watching the convention make the Democratic party seem too ungrounded and distracted to be relevant to them?

Focus on what is important – the party platform

I want the Democratic Party to remind the country: Democrats stand for lofty, yet achievable ideals. Helping others be healthy, safe, responsible, and successful is a worthy endeavor, and by voting for a Democrat, you vote for a better country and an improved world.

Having a technology-focused convention with hundreds of LCD screens flashing multimedia content dilutes the party’s message of true progress as a moral society.

When will Hillary & women have their turn?

Obama Face

Ok, I get it. Obama delivered a brilliant, vital, on-the-mark speech discussion about race relations in America. Everyone applauds, some people cry. Pundits unanimously agree it’s the most important speech…like…ever. That’s cool, good for him. Race is a-ok. What about gender?

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