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 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 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.
Has the Right Hand Lost its Cunning?
A few months ago, I had occasion to interview Tunuku Varadarajan of the Wall Street Journal who is responsible for assigning both articles and illustrations on the op-ed page about how he commissions. He said that he often simply asks the illustrator to “make a subject look
Section: Why Design -
illustration, print design, Voice
AIGA Design for Good and Field Innovation Team (FIT),
a disaster response non-profit, recently held the Disruptive Design 4 Disasters
contest to challenge designers to create
solutions for relief scenarios based on rapid prototyping. When
disaster strikes, there isn’t time for months, or even weeks, of
rigorous research. After a
disaster, FIT volunteers, including designers, apply their expertise
to ideate quickly, offer a potential solution, gather feedback and
they get it right.
Section: Why Design -
Competition, signage, advocacy, social issues, Design for Good
AIGA invites all designers and creatives to participate in a virtual Town Hall to solve social issues in our communities by developing tangible engagement tools and generating new, productive conversations.
Section: Tools and Resources -
design thinking, advocacy, social responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion
Thinking outside the chair
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