Design for Democracy
Established in 1998, AIGA Design for Democracy applies design tools and thinking to increase civic participation by making interactions between the U.S. government and its citizens more understandable, efficient and trustworthy. Independent, pragmatic and committed to the public good, Design for Democracy collaborates with researchers, designers and policy-makers in service of public sector clients and AIGA’s goal of “demonstrating the value of design by doing valuable things.”
Since 2000, Design for Democracy’s ballot and election design project has worked to make voting easier and more accurate for all U.S. citizens. Recent accomplishments include the “Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent” to help county election officials design ballots, write instructions for voters, test ballots for usability and create effective poll worker materials.
Every four years AIGA partners with the League of Women Voters to invite members to create nonpartisan posters and videos to inspire the American public to vote. This civic engagement initiative wields the power of design to motivate voter registration and turnout for general and local elections to come. See the posters from AIGA’s Get Out the Vote campaigns available online in PDF format for you to download, print, and share with friends and colleagues.
Resources for designers
Individual designers and local AIGA chapters can make a difference! Learn how.
Next steps for government officials
As government looks for ways to be more accessible, transparent and efficient, Design for Democracy can help.