Communications: Site Visit - www.waronwant.org

There's no doubt this is the home page of a campaigning charity.

"We campaign for workers' rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice," it says.

There is an unashamedly political feel to the images and the headlines.

The emphasis is on action, a call to arms and active voices. This may grate on some, but for those who want to bring change this is the right tone for this kind of online presence.

Main pages

The central page opens out into a rich set of resources, from banner ads for specific campaigns to a merchandise section. Sometimes links can lead to areas that appear very different, but that doesn't seem to have happened here - the link to the youth action section brings up a page that retains the site's general look and feel while posting notably different content.

The look is quite '1977', but in a good way - you feel the designer has dug up a Clash album cover, which is no bad thing in this corporate era.

Special features

The site opens with a bang - an arresting 'newsreel' image that uses scratchy marks to give it a feeling of real cinema. As with all grabby images, the visitor will tend to click 'skip intro' next time, but it's still an original opener.

War on Want says

"Visitors can learn about global issues and take action by sending e-cards, joining protests or signing up to campaigns against, for example, privatisation in the south or poverty in Palestine. News, features and updates from international partners contribute to a feeling that you are on the cutting edge of development campaigning."

- Site Visit is by technology writer Gary Flood.

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