Design for Democracy

Design for Democracy is based on the premise that good design makes your choices clear.

About Design for Democracy

Started in 1998, AIGA's oldest initiative has the mission to apply design tools and thinking to increase civic participation. By making interactions between the U.S. government and its citizens more understandable, efficient, and trustworthy, designers become more vocal citizens and make democracy more sound.

“AIGA is committed to working for public good and design excellence. Democracy is designed,” says AIGA executive director Julie Anixter. In 2018, we continue to advocate for civic engagement through voter education, registration, and access, but with an additional emphasis placed on civic engagement. We turn design skills and aspirations into tangible actions that can make a difference.

Meet the committee

Design for Democracy committee members support to the initiative by raising awareness, offering guidance to the organization and its members, and by participating in purposeful dialogues and activities.

Get acclimated

Tools and resources

Learn how you can make design count in our electoral processes with these downloadable resources on ballot design and testing tools; advocacy; election news and research; community; election governance, officals, and equipment; and more.

Get involved

Ready to get involved but wondering where you can jump in? Here are a few programs you can get started with today.

Building Community Power graphic Get out the vote
Building Community Power
Submit graphics to target first-time voters and build civic engagement with local partnerships.
Get out the Vote
In 2016, AIGA crowdsourced nonpartisan posters and videos to get out the vote.

 

Get inspired

Follow AIGA's editorial platforms for the latest news on democracy and the design world.

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Democracy on Design Observer
Learn about the role design can play in democratic processes from today's thoughtleaders.
Democracy on Eye on Design
Hear from emerging design voices about how they're designing for democracy.

 

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

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