Get that: The official online presence for the leader of (allegedly) the fifth richest country in the world is a crummy beta site with dodgy kerning, inconsistent use of typefaces, colours, rounded corners, spacing, and, well everything apart from general crumminess. Look at the masthead. It’s in Clarendon, Times New Roman Bold and Georgia. The typographic soup continues with the addition of Arial for body text (and oddly, some headlines too), and on a graphic, Copperplate. There are boxes with rounded corners at the top but not the bottom, containing images that also have rounded corners but where the curvature doesn’t match the container (and appears to be damaged by JPEG artifacting on most images). The site is a mess.
The hard bits, especially for a site as prominent as this, is to ensure security, that the background infrastructure can handle the traffic and (importantly) all your content is written and entered into the site. Is this a site that got designed and implemented by several groups who never communicated?
Well, given that it was a site that was commissioned by the public sector, the answer is almost certainly "yes". It is one of the reasons that private companies tend to charge over the odds for public sector projects: these things often turn into a sheer nightmare of working with large groups made up of ever-changing personnel whose requirements change with every meeting and with every additional attendee.
Nevertheless, there is no excuse for the copyright theft of the template, especially as the designers of the site have not only stolen the design and claimed it as their own but they have also failed to pay for it.
Dizzy’s blog has had an interesting visitor today Anthony Baggett; the author of the theme that is used on the Downing Street WordPress website. He says:“Hi guys, I’m the theme author and can’t find any record of them paying for the theme. I’m not sure at this point what my options are, but I’m looking into it.”
Whoops. Somebody could be in big trouble here. Copyright infringement is theft. Do not accept it. Demand a genuine theme from your designer.
For a full-service agency and the UK Government to go around ripping off themes is wholly unacceptable. If you or I had done something like this we’d find ourselves in court.
And quite rightly so. Not only do these fucking bastards steal our money to pay for their over-priced WordPress site, but they then steal the creative concepts of other people...
What a collection of shitheads.