Great aesthetics (really impressive and I have to say beats Number 10.gov.uk handsdown), great usability and of course great content, including some nice visuals from within The Whitehouse.
When I visited the website I thought it demonstrated a great appreciation for good design, and when I explored further to The Whitehouse blog, I can see that many principles held by Obama's Administration align with that of design in Dott 07.
One of the very first postings on The Whitehouse blog states its intent to centre around three priorities:
- Communication: for timely information;
- Transparency: for openess and to provide a "window for all Americans into the business of the government" and;
- Participation: (and I have to quote what the blog says about this. See below)
I can't go into detail here, but from my research into Dott 07, all the projects held these three priorities in very high regard with Designers acting upon them.
I am now really curious to know how the US Design Policy Initiative shall be received. I wish them the best of luck.