Design for Democracy

“AIGA is committed to working for public good and design excellence. Democracy is designed. We will continue 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. Join us.”
—AIGA executive director Julie Anixter, November 9, 2016.

Established in 1998, AIGA Design for Democracy applies design tools and thinking to increase civic participation. Independent, pragmatic, and committed to the public good, Design for Democracy collaborates with researchers, designers, and policy-makers in service of public sector clients and AIGA’s goal of “demonstrating the value of design by doing valuable things.”

2016-get-out-the-vote-300Get Out the Vote

Every four years AIGA and the League of Women Voters invite members to create nonpartisan posters and videos to inspire the American public to vote. In 2016, this civic engagement initiative produced 727 original posters, a video with Edward James Olmos to connect with the Latino community, and countless chapter-led events that activated local communities for the general and local elections to come. See all the posters and videos from AIGA’s Get Out the Vote campaigns available online to download, print, or share.

Field Guides 150Ballot and election design

Since 2000, Design for Democracy’s ballot and election design project has worked to make voting easier and more accurate for all U.S. citizens. Recent accomplishments include the “Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent” to help county election officials design ballots, write instructions for voters, test ballots for usability and create effective poll worker materials.

Get involved!

Resources for designers
Individual designers and local AIGA chapters can make a difference! Learn how.

Next steps for government officials
As government looks for ways to be more accessible, transparent and efficient, Design for Democracy can help.

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