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FCC Finds Web Modernity

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Image of new FCC beta site

In August of 2009 we over at Sunlight started the challenging task of rethinking FCC.gov as part of our Redesigning the Government series. We made mock-ups, gave suggestions and since that time we've been fortunate enough to have had a number of back and forth conversations with the people over at the FCC. We've talked about the problems with their current site, the challenges and possible solutions. Since that time the team put in charge of rebuilding the site at the FCC has made great leaps. They started by launching reboot, which served as a good brochure site while the team tackled the more difficult content. This last November they pushed out some decent wireframes and Tuesday they excitingly released beta.fcc.gov. Through this whole process they've been incredibly transparent, and have consistently asked for feedback from the public, which should be applauded.

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New Wireframes from the FCC

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FCC search page wireframe

As some of you might recall, we took a stab at redesigning the FCC site a little over a year ago. Since then the FCC has been reconsidering their online presence. A few days ago they released some interesting wireframes of a reimagined FCC.gov site. Looking through those wireframes, it seems like quite a good attempt at organizing their content and really trying and make it more understandable to the general public.

There are a few small things here and there that I can nitpick. For example on the "Search Results" wireframe it would be nice to have a title at the top to say what the user had just searched for. I'm also a bit perplexed as to why on a search results page there would be a section for videos that breaks up the main results. If they want to have results by category they should group them as such and then have links to see full results in each category. Also, please FCC, we're begging you: make things like press releases available in formats other than word and pdf.

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The FCC Redesign Epilogue

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Sunlight Home Page Mock-Up

The day after the reveal of our conceptual FCC comps, the FCC invited Daniel and I over to discuss the redesign. They were very receptive to our suggestions, and indicated a strong desire to implement some significant changes to the site in the relatively near future. We haven't seen anything with our own eyes – yet – but they asked smart questions and gave good answers to our questions. We're hopeful that there's some good work to be seen in the near future.

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