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So, in case you haven’t heard yet Sauli Niinistö won the election yesterday. “Kurre” skilfully delivers the Sauli anthem.

Tasavalta meidän suomalaisten tahtoo elää, hengittää. Siksi Suomen kansa äänestäen päätti, että uusi jälki jää. 

Suuret haasteet, joita matkallansa kohtaa, vain ratkaisua odottaa. Väinämöisen jalanjäljissä nyt vaan, me Sauli Niinistöä tuuletetaan. Häipyi viiden vuoden yksinäisyys ja alkoi kuuden vuoden kuuliaisuus. 

Ykkösmiehen paikka täytetty on. Ei se auki enää oo. Liekeissä myös Saulin sammumaton rakkaus rouva Jenni Haukioon.

Suuret haasteet, joita matkallansa kohtaa, vain ratkaisua odottaa. Väinämöisen jalanjäljissä nyt vaan, me Sauli Niinistöä tuuletetaan. Häipyi viiden vuoden yksinäisyys ja alkoi kuuden vuoden kuuliaisuus.

Sauli Niinistö dropping the bass

Droppin’ with Cheek.

Droppin’ with Sipe Santapukki.

Droppin’ with Kaija Koo.

Design proposal for new Finnish presidential flag

Wonder if it will catch on?

Part TWO of the presidential election coming up on Sunday

Sauli Niinistö looking at things

Tomorrow is presidential election day, and Sauli Niinistö looks like the pre-poll favourite. Unfortunately, some might say. Here’s a selection of Sauli Niinistö looking at things:

Looking at gavel.

Looking at mittens.

Lookin at elderly lady.

Looking at Tanja Karpela.

Looking at Jenni Haukio.

Looking at Tarja Halonen.

Looking at Paavo Lipponen.

Looking at Pekka Haavisto.

Looking at gentleman with big stack of papers.

Looking at ceiling.

Looking at future.

Presidential election, part II

So it wasn’t an isolated event. Clearly someone doesn’t like candidate number three.

Mobile presidential architecture top 4

The presidential election is coming up, and candidates need to catch voters attention. This is best done at busy junctions, like in front of the Main Railway Station. Here’s the top 4 temporary structures the candidates have erected: 

4. Paavo Arhinmäki

Paavo is going with the classic red cottage. You sort of expect him to sit inside in person, weaving a basket in candlelight through the winter months while slowly catching scurvy. Very cosy.

Verdict: Cosy yes, but we didn’t see anyone going inside, so that’s not going to work in his favour. Paavo’s cottage gets 1 star out of 5.

3. Pekka Haavisto

Pekka is going with the opposite approach: look, I’m representing the Green Party, we know natural resources are scarce, so that’s why we are only putting up this gazebo that doesn’t even say my name anywhere. So there.

Verdict: It’s kind of an understatement, but is true to Pekka’s philosophy. 3 stars out of five. Wonder if the coffee was organic?

2. Sauli Niinistö

Sauli is going with the same kind of gazebo solution than Pekka, but in a delusion of grandeur he’s calling it Café Niinistö like it was some kind of Starbucks. At least coffee was plentiful.

Don’t believe us? Well check out this astronaut/ghostbuster serving hot cups of joe to passers by. We imagine it’s cumbersome to carry around, but at least you’d think it kept his back warm.

Verdict: Sauli’s little café gets two stars out of five.

1. Paavo Lipponen

Paavo is going with something that at first glance resembles a modern summer house. Very chic! But then you have a closer look and it turns out just to be a modified shipping container. What a hack! You know what they should do? They should ship him off somewhere, that’ll teach him to modifie containers.

Verdict: One star out of five for architectural cheating.

But what about the candidates that didn’t hand out cups of coffee in the sleet? Timo Soini, Paavo VäyrynenSari Essayah, Eva Biaudet?

Well. Clearly they must hate commuting, and trains in general. Something to keep in mind.

In case you haven’t noticed the presidential election is coming up and advance voting has already started. For some people that’s just not enough though – that’s why we have billboards and fat markers.
Also, doesn’t Pekka Haavisto look a lot like Matlock on his campaign poster?

In case you haven’t noticed the presidential election is coming up and advance voting has already started. For some people that’s just not enough though – that’s why we have billboards and fat markers.

Also, doesn’t Pekka Haavisto look a lot like Matlock on his campaign poster?

Websites of the presidential candidates – an overview

Finland is up for a presidential election in January next year. We here at the Kasper Stromman Design Blog don’t have a strong opinion of the candidate most fit for the job as now, but we do have an opinion of their websites. Here’s an overview:

Sauli Niinistö

As a poll favourite, Sauli Niinistö of the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) likes to send out a chilled message. “Oh yeah, check me out” he seems to say. “I’m so sure of my victory I can afford to wear blue jeans whilst casually leaning against a chair. Boo-yah”.

All photographs on the site are heavily photoshopped, but that’s only not to scare the children since Sauli looks a lot like Mr Burns when not in make up. (We’re sorry, Mr. Burns, but he can’t help it.)

Fun fact: The site wants you to be proud of the fact that the reflector apparently is a Finnish invention, and thus it’s almost like Sauli invented it himself. What a nice guy. He deserves to win.

Timo Soini

According to the MTV3 poll Timo Soini of the Racist Party – sorry, we mean the True Finns – would get 9 % of all votes if the election was held today. Curiously Soini doesn’t seem to be aware of his candidacy at all on the website.

From a design point of view the site seems to be made with Excel, which may or may not be an intentional design desicion. Maybe it’s anti-design?

Fun fact: In Timo Soini’s world the word ‘blog’ is spelled ’ploki’.

Paavo Väyrynen

Paavo Väyrynen of the Centre Party (Keskusta) is by far the oldest candidate as he has been a presidential candidate both in 1988 and 1994. Väyrynen is aware of this. That’s why he has chosen an old-skool typeface for the site and chooses to stand in front of wood panelling. “Look at me”, he seems to say. “I’m riding the retro wave with my website! Wheee, watch me go! Cowabunga!” 

“But Paavo”, his staff intervenes. “Pave. Couldn’t we perhaps add a modern touch to your site? Maybe you could be holding an iPad or something?” “Hmm, okay then. Let’s go for a WACKY font for my name. Just like we did in 1988”.

Fun fact: Paavo Väyrynen has a Gmail-address.

Pekka Haavisto

With polls showing a popularity of 6 per cent Pekka Haavisto of the Green Party (Vihreät)  is probably not going to be elected, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. “Look” his picture seems to say “I don’t care if I don’t win. I’ve got lots going on anyway. Seriously. Look at my blog, I honestly don’t even know if I would have the time to be president. I would definetly have to make a lot of room in my calendar if that happened.”

Fun fact: Pekka Haavisto’s partner is from Ecuador, so if Pekka against all odds would get elected he could go by the name ‘El Presidente’ at home.“Would El Presidente care to take out the garbage?”

Paavo Lipponen

Paavo Lipponen of the Finnish Social Democratic Party (Sosiaalidemokraatit) looks pretty smug in his picture considering he got a 6 per cent backing in the pre-polls. His wesite is very airy. Like a breeze of fresh air that’s not going to be elected. By the way, do you know what the big L in the upper left corner stands for? No? It stands for ‘Loser’.

Fun fact:”Paavo Lipponen believes in democracy”. Yeah well, noone was really going to vote for someone that believes in dicatorship?

Eva Biaudet

Eva Biaudet of the Swedish People’s Party (Svenska Folkpartiet / Ruotsalainen kansanpuolue) definitely has the trendiest website of the bunch. Let us explain: usually when you see Eva on TV she’s always wearing glasses and looking serious, but on the website she clearly had some kind of makeover and now looks like a Finnish version of Eva Dahlgren.

We like this transition. The new Eva Biaudet looks like she probably sings well, which is nice because as a president she could do the New Year’s speech in song. That’s reason alone to elect her.

Fun fact: There’s more trendy shots under ’media’.

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