Building Community Power

Filed Under: Design for Democracy

In partnership with Nonprofit VOTE, AIGA called for designers to submit social media content that was available for use by the general public and that encouraged first-time voters to cast their ballot in the midterm elections in the fall of 2018.

The second component partners select AIGA chapters with local non-profit affiliates to engage citizens in other democratic processes beyond the vote. Find out how you can get involved, below.


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Social media content submission

Visit the gallery of social media assets below, which targeted first-time voters, youth, and new immigrants. We collected graphics that were visually impactful, intelligent, accessible, and non-partisan.

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Times Square pop-up showcase

AIGA Design for Democracy partnered with the Times Square Alliance and the Design Pavilion NYC to showcase a selection of entries on the NASDAQ screens in Times Square during NYCxDESIGN week, New York City’s annual celebration of international design, from May 12–20, 2018. See footage from the event.

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AIGA chapter partnerships

In 2018 AIGA matched a handful of AIGA chapters with local Nonprofit VOTE affiliates to demonstrate how design can encourage community organizing and civic literacy. As we wrap up and reflect on our Design for Democracy: Building Community Power project, we share summary case studies of our chapters’ endeavors in engaging citizens, most often disenfranchised and underrepresented in the electoral process.

Working in four different communities across the U.S. AIGA chapter teams in Arizona, Atlanta, Seattle, and New York collaborated with Nonprofit VOTE’s civic anchors to advocate for civic engagement through design, improving voter education, civic participation, clearer access to information, while building communication strategies that lead to greater registration and awareness of the issues at stake.  Read more about chapter partnerships.


Impact Report

Read the full impact report: Design for Democracy: Building Community Power


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Review the FAQs page. Still have questions? Email Design for Democracy.


View (and download!) all of the social media graphics submitted to date, below.