Saturday, July 09, 2005

Political party websites

Since the Democrats have a newly-redesigned website, here's my ranking of the various political parties in the U.S. in order of quality of website design, from best to worst.
  1. Democratic Party
  2. Green Party
  3. Libertarian Party
  4. [Minnesota] Independence Party
  5. Republican Party
  6. Reform Party
  7. Constitution Party
  8. Democratis Socialists of America
  9. Socialist Party USA
  10. Whig Party
Just kidding about the Whig Party...I like them just because wigs are funny. I included the Minnesota Independence Party because it's [still] a major party in Minnesota and it's sort of a rebel offshoot of the Reform Party (it was founded by Jesse Ventura after his disgust with the Reform Party).


At 5:43 PM, Blogger Rob D. said...

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At 5:45 PM, Blogger Rob D. said...

I'd be interested in why you rank the GOP site as worse than the LP's.

Just by first glance, seems like it has more content, but as I took a look at the it seems they have just as much. The difference being the GOP site is more or less in the style of a newspaper. Indexed items to the left, headlines on top, a nice picture to please people's desire for visuals, and a "latest video" section.

Granted the LP doesn't have MSM video to point to, but it can make its own. And it can easily start creating a sense of community by displaying some pictures of its current leadership on the main page. It seems even more dry now after looking at some of the other party sites you listed.

The buttons at the top of seem top notch, for a geocities site. And there's way too many colors going on.

CATO just redid their site and it looks a lot cleaner. They went with a darker blue, and I'm not sure what font they switched to but its a very clear type. still has a ways to go IMO.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Christopher Monnier said...

Yeah, Cato's site is nice. I like the dark blue looks more professional.

I thought some of the graphics on the GOP's site were sort of cheesy (the podcasting one is a bit elementary-school looking). Yes, the LP's site isn't the sassiest, but at least its design is consistent. I thought that as a whole, its design held the site together better than the GOP's.

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Stephen Gordon said...

I agree with the ratings, in general. Democrats still lead in the website battle. While I prefer Green layout to the LP site, I'd rate the LP site higher because it has a blog - and knock the GOP down one additional notch for refusing to have one.

I prefer the dark blues on political sites, but am always meet with resistance on every campaign I work. Mayby I'll hire y'all next time.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Christopher Monnier said...

I think dark blue is, at least right now, a can't-lose color.

I'm surprised the Greens don't have a blog. Maybe that would make their site too "centralized." If that's the case, then I'm really surprised the Republicans don't have a blog.


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