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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.”
and election design
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.
Out the Vote
Every four years AIGA invites members to create nonpartisan posters and videos to inspire the American public to vote. All posters from AIGA’s 2012 Get Out the Vote campaign are available online in PDF format for you to download,
print and hang in your town, and we encourage you to share video and poster
entries with your friends, colleagues and social networks.
Resources for designersIndividual designers and local AIGA chapters can make a difference! Learn how.
Next steps for government officialsAs government looks for ways to be more accessible, transparent and
efficient, Design for Democracy can help.
A brand is, or at least should be the representation of a particular group of people and the activities in which they engage, and not the thing itself.
Section: Why Design
Students seem to be always stressed out. Tight deadlines, poor time management, balancing school and life, taking too much on. As an educator, I may be on the other side of the fence, but I can totally relate.
Section: Tools and Resources
CreateAthon is a 24-hour creative marathon for good. Designers,
copywriters and strategists work around the clock creating professional
marketing materials that local nonprofits otherwise could not afford.
Section: Why Design -
nonprofit, Design for Good, pro bono, social responsibility
Combining Midwestern hospitality with a dash of biking vernacular, Duffy & Partners’ branding for Nice Ride put bike share systems—and Minnesota's twin cites—on the map as leaders in 21st century transportation solutions.
Section: Why Design -
branding, Design for Good, pro bono, sustainability
External Resources (cont.)
The Silk Road
American Museum of Natural History