Friday, September 26, 2008

Comparing the Candidate's Sites

Steve Heller from the New York Times asked me to give a short review of the Barack Obama and John McCain campaign sites.

I haven’t had a chance to watch voters use either site, so I chose four scenarios that I thought would be common tasks for a voter visiting each site. I rated each site on a scale of one (very frustrating) to five (easy and delightful) scale. (Because I was interested in the design of the site, I didn’t take any points off about the candidate’s positions or message.)

Current News task: What has the candidate said or done about the debates and dealing with the economy in the last 24 hours?

For this task, I looked for any details about what I’ve been hearing in the news. Will the candidate show up for the debates? What is the candidate proposing to solve the economic strife we’re dealing with?

There’s an article on the home page that leads to the information. It has a ton of information on both issues in a 16 minute video, but it’s not transcribed, so you have to watch the entire thing."    

Barack Obama.com_Economy Blog - Usability, User Interface Design

Barack_Obama.com Economy_Blog



There’s an article on the home page that leads to his statements. The site provides a detailed transcript of his statement (which is a good thing, because the audio for the statement is not very coherent)."    (Continued via UIE Brain Sparks, Jared Spool)    [Usability Resources]

John McCain.com Economy Statement - Usability, User Interface Design

John McCain.com Economy Statement

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