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:
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.
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 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.
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 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 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’.