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”
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.
The CSS code gives it away:
CSS Version 2: – View the stylesheet
Author: Scott Thomas
Client: Obama for America
CSS Version 3: – View the stylesheet
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.
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.
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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?