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.
826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
supporting students with their writing skills, gets an updated look and feel for their identity, plus a website with
a robust back-end system for managing volunteers, workshops and
Section: Why Design -
Competition, nonprofit, web design, education, Design for Good, Justified
How can design be employed to make complex ideas visible and understandable so that we can make better products? With impeccable design and digital pedigrees, Dubberly has been on the cusp of what’s next since the Internet’s earliest days.
Section: Why Design -
product design, web design, business, students
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
Silas H. Rhodes