Be The Minister: when design serves politics – NOT

Be The Minister: when design serves politics – NOT 

http://www.betheminister.com/

By Admin I : So all you have to do is to guess 10 Accomplishments of the Ministry Of Telecoms, and by consequence win a chance to be the Minister Of Telecoms for one day, or to be 1 of 200 4G Pilot Phase Testers. (Big deal!)

So this minister decided to embellish his social media extravaganza with a ‘designed’ propaganda asking people questions about his accomplishments. As much as we salute his awareness of how design can serve the public good and raise awareness, the approach seems like a desperate call for buzz, almost like selling tomatoes, or in his case, oranges. (And no we’re not taking political sides).

Well, here in BR, we’d like you to believe that design can save the world and end African famine, but unfortunately it doesn’t (at least not before BR replacing Ban Ki-moon). Designing a propaganda website needs way more than pop plastic colors, a modern horribly kerned typeface and a James Bond – coming from nowhere – inspiration. Dear web designers, even if it’s a fun competition, look at international political propaganda websites, look at how engaging and valuable they can be! You are not selling supermarket products, unless the minister considers himself one! You are not, and you cannot design ‘pretty looking shit’ and call it a competition. Call us mad, you people can doom advertising as much as you want, but we’re not letting you mess with design.

Stay away!

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1 comment
  1. “look at international political propaganda websites, look at how engaging and valuable they can be!”

    Would have been helpful to show examples of such successful websites since your platform allows you to. It would have actually made this post interesting…

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