Building Community Power: Times Square showcase
Building Community Power: Times Square showcase
Building Community Power: Times Square showcase

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About the Times Square showcase

AIGA Design for Democracy partnered with the Times Square Alliance and the Design Pavilion NYC to showcase a selection of entries from Building Community Power's call for digital graphics to turn out the youth vote in this year's midterm elections, along with work from the winner of Adobe 1324’s Design Challenge, on the NASDAQ screens in Times Square. Entries were displayed during NYCxDESIGN week, New York City’s annual celebration of international design, from May 12–20, 2018.

Showcase jury

A jury composed of Harry Allen for Design Pavilion; Tim Tompkins for Times Square Alliance; Ally Kostick, Global Brand + Creative for NASDAQ; Frances Yllana, co-chair of the Design for Democracy committee; James Hill of Nonprofit VOTE; Laura Peres, Pratt MFA student whose thesis is on platform activism; and famous design advocates Milton Glaser and Luba Lukova who helped to select the submissions that were displayed.

Design for Democracy: Building Community Power panel

The event was held at the Durst Market Center on May 15th, 2018 as part of the Design Talk series held during NYCxDESIGN.


The panel, moderated by Laetitia Wolff, addressed what it takes to Build Community Power. James Hill, director of communications at Nonprofit VOTE, provided the bird’s eye view on voter registration/turnout in America and what he anticipates for the midterm election of November 2018. Rich Hollant, principal of CO:LAB, talked about how design-led community engagement strategies can mobilize citizens to have a deeper understanding of their place and role in communities. That is, if designers think of themselves first and foremost as citizens. Louisa Hackett, director of Community Vote, discussed the particular challenges of educating low-income population living in the United Neighborhood Houses, on voter registration but also of the importance of highlighting the socio-economic inequalities at play in these midterm elections. David Frisco, VP of AIGA/NY and Pratt Institute professor, who oversees the partnership with Community Vote, eluded to Citizen Designer Now!, a pledge created by this chapter on the cusp of the 2016 elections, and how difficult it is to maintain momentum when encouraging designers to be vocal citizens–on a daily basis.

Design for Democracy is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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