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Could something as simple as the font size on a paper ballot make all the difference in elections? AIGA thinks so.An AIGA Design for Democracy team, led by Dana Chisnell of UsabilityWorks, Drew Davies of Oxide Design Co. and usability expert Whitney Quesenbery, has been working with local election officials to identify and address problems with election design, focusing especially on ballot design this year. Case in point: New York State voters were recently faced with ballots printed in 7-point type—a size that is difficult to read, even for those of us who don’t wear glasses. But this issue will be rectified come November, thanks to a vote by the city’s Board of Elections to increase the font size of candidate names on the general election ballot to 9-point type, as reported by the New York Times. It isn’t quite the 12-point size recommended in the Voter Friendly Ballot Act—a bill sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and based upon recommendations from Design for Democracy, the Usability Professionals Association and the Brennan Center for Justice—but it’s a significant improvement.Of course, for every election design victory there are dozens of ongoing volunteer efforts, some of which will take months, years or even decades to come to fruition. As Design for Democracy director Drew Davies points out, “It’s a daunting task working within a complex system of national, state and county election structures and navigating legal hurdles—but that’s also what makes it so rewarding when we do accomplish something like this.” It’s also one of the reasons Design for Democracy created a set of Top 10 Election Design Guidelines, which will serve as a reference guide for election officials throughout the United States for years to come. Those guidelines, along with other election design best practices, were recently published as a set of Election Design Field Guides—pocket guides for election officials and ballot designers that are available on AIGA.org.
Even with all these efforts, most people probably won’t think about election design when they go to the polls this season. And that’s the whole point, says AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé: “When ballot design works well, you won’t notice a thing because you’ll be focused on voting, not the process.” Learn more about AIGA Design for Democracy efforts at aiga.org/design-for-democracy.
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Design for Democracy applies design tools to increase civic participation by making interactions between the U.S. government and its citizens clear.
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ballot, election design
Not to be confused with our top 10 election design
guidelines , which are largely geared toward election
officials (though we hear designers find those helpful too), the
intention of this list is to help new ballot designers become more
familiar with the domain of U.S. elections and to set expectations
about what the ballot design process might entail.
NEW YORK—September 18, 2014. AIGA, Design Observer and Designers & Books today published results of the 2013 “50 Books/50 Covers” competition. A panel of jurors including Michael Bierut, partner at the New York design firm Pentagram; Jessica Helfand, founding editor of Design Observer; and Peter Mendelsund, associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf Books chose 50 outstanding books and 50 exceptional covers.
NEW YORK—September 9, 2014. Today AIGA, the professional
association for design, announced the 2014 results of the “Justified:
AIGA Design Competition.” Design firms, in-house design departments,
design entrepreneurs and freelance designers submitted nearly 750 design
projects, making this the most competitive year for AIGA’s annual
design competition. After careful and considered review, the jury
recognized 19 submissions that successfully demonstrate the value of
design based on craft, methodology, execution and impact.
NEW YORK—August 5, 2014. Yathrib Ragsdale mentors minority, first generation, college bound students. Myles Thompson educates his college campus about African American art and culture. And
Kawing Ng manages a Meetup group called VolunteerNY to bring together people who share a common goal of giving back to the community. These talented and dedicated students are among 14 recipients of the 2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to art and design college students who demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.
NEW YORK—July 1, 2014. Today five board members and a new presidents council representative join the national board of directors
for AIGA, the professional association for design, following a national
search. Ken Carbone, John Luu, Christopher Simmons, Jill Spaeth, Paul Wharton and Elysia Syriac join the national board, and Su Mathews Hale has been elected to the president-elect position.
After much discussion throughout the entire design community, the national board
approved the sale of AIGA’s building in New York City. At this pivotal point in our history, the board
adopted a revised strategic framework which articulates four strategic focuses for the organization and outlines the process and timeline for funding decisions.
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AIGA Insight, governance, AIGA news
AIGA Connecticut is excited to announce it's new 2014 Board of Directors.
Mr. Ibrahim O. Yekinni
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