Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Change has come... already.

To anyone who has visited the official White House website the change in administrations will be immediately obvious with their first visit after 12:01 p.m. today. Before Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill had finished playing John Williams wonderful setting of "Simple Gifts", the White House website had been retooled. (Here is that glorious quartet. Notice the joy in Yo-Yo Ma's performance.)

It is friendlier, beautifully designed, open to complete indexing by the search engines, and ready to provide interaction between the executive branch and the American people. After a brief tour, I like it. Take a look.

New: White House 101
Old: White House Kids

New: Main Page
Old: Main Page

In graphic design as in many other aspects of life "...'tis the gift to be simple." The new website uses larger, simplified, easier-to-read-and-interpret elements.

President Obama has promised an open and transparent executive branch. Uploaded during the very first minute of his presidency, while the quartet played, and before he and Chief Justice John Roberts even began reciting -with some alteration - the Constitutional oath, this website is a good start.

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