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AIGA Design for Democracy
began to focus on election design in the wake of the 2000 presidential
election, seeking to apply information design principles of clarity and
simplicity in order to make voting easier and more accurate for all U.S.
Design for Democracy developed solutions for subsequent elections in
Illinois (Cook County and Chicago) and Oregon—detailed in Marcia
Lausen’s 2007 book, Design for
Democracy: Ballot and Election Design (University of Chicago
Press/AIGA)—as well as election design guidelines for the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
In 2005, Design for Democracy began work with the U.S.
Election Assistance Commission (EAC), resulting in the establishment of national ballot and polling place design guidelines in 2007, which were distributed to 6,000 election officials across the country in 2008 and featured
in The New York Times online in the months leading up to the
November 2008 election.
Design for Democracy continues to support states and local election
jurisdictions, election officials, legislators, equipment providers,
printers and designers, as they apply the national guidelines to local
election materials. In addition to recent work with the states of
Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, AIGA Election Design
Fellows are on site in Oregon and Washington.
The “Masters of Design”-Gadi Amit, CEO of the industrial
design firm NewDealDesign; Bjarke Ingels, founder of the
architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); and Fiona Morrisson,
director of brand and advertising at JetBlue;-joined in an engaging
conversation about design's impact on business innovation with
Fast Company editor Linda Tischler.
Section: Why Design -
Conference , business
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
While first and foremost about the creation of a new visual identity system for the University of California, this case study also reflects on the controversy that exploded around the new logo and its impact on the in-house team’s broader communications strategy.
Section: Why Design -
advertising, branding, communication design, design research, editorial design, experience design, identity design, marketing, nonprofit, print design, user research, web design, digital media, Competition, college, graduate, identity system, logos, mass communication, website, education, strategy
Learn how Second Story gave the AIGA Design Archives website a new look, improved navigation and greater functionality.
Section: Inspiration -
experience design, user research, web design
Measure Me Stick
Studio 1 a.m.
External Resources (cont.)
Seeds of the Cities
IBM Smarter Planet Illustrations and Posters