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5 Great Local Government Websites

Recently we had a great conversation on “Best and Worst Government websites” – I wanted to take a step back and highlight 5 great state and local government websites from the bunch (and not just the usual suspects who rock but are often featured like utah.gov).

1) City of Austin – Clean, crisp navigation and a clear push to use the search function.

2) TN.gov – Vibrant background, clear calls to action. I also love that they give viewing options to increase size for the elderly.

3) West Hollywood – Great colors, big focus on most popular tasks, and simple translation to serve multiple populations.

4) British Columbia, Canada – Clear call to action on #1 task – apply for student loan. Lots of good white space, so it’s easy to make sense of and good use of non-cheesy photos and real language (e.g. “need help paying for school?”)

5) Buncombe County – clear calls on top tasks, love the weather touch in the top right.

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Profile Photo Mark Tatchell

Picking up on #4, in British Columbia we have adopted user experience (UX) principles in new web for government ministries. Translating newly won web success to mobile web is the next frontier.

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Profile Photo Laura Hutchinson

Thanks so much for the StudentAid BC (British Columbia) shout out! The site was designed and built entirely in-house and also integrates a new twitter feed that students love! Implementing responsive design was both fun and challenging, but we are certain it was the right way to go – especially now with the iPhone 5 screen size, etc. 😉

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