Building Community Power

AIGA Design for Democracy partnered with the Times Square Alliance and the Design Pavilion NYC to showcase a selection of Building Community Power multimedia graphic entries, and the winner of Adobe 1324’s Design Challenge, on the NASDAQ screen in New York City's Times Square from May 12–20, 2018.

About Building Community Power

In partnership with Nonprofit VOTE, Building Community Power encourages designers to build deeper civic engagement by providing a greater understanding of how the democratic system works beyond getting out the vote in anticipation of the midterm elections.

This project has two components: a community-based call for multimedia graphics that will engage first-time voters, and an AIGA chapter-based component that will build civic engagement by pairing AIGA chapters with local non-profits.

Call for multimedia graphics

Designers are invited to submit visually impactful, intelligent, accessible, and non-partisan digital communications that target first-time voters, youth, and new immigrants. The open source database of digital assets, available for free download at the bottom of this page, will also be distributed to Nonprofit VOTE’s 3,000+ partners in support of National Voter Registration Day (NRVD) which takes place on September 25.

How to get started

Nonprofit VOTE has provided background data from research centers and institutes to serve as inspiration to create compelling collateral. This live document highlights some issues at stake: voter rights, registration restrictions, and challenges that particular demographics face in accessing information and acting upon their rights. Designers can also highlight registration and voting deadlines in their communities.

Please review the complete creative brief and submission guidelines before submitting your entry.

Join us! Submit your social media graphic by September 25, 2018.


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 this gallery and the winner of Adobe 1324’s Design Challenge, created in parallel with ours, on the NASDAQ screen in Times Square. Entries were showcased during NYCxDESIGN week, New York City’s annual celebration of international design, from May 12–20, 2108.

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 helped to select the submissions that were displayed.

AIGA chapter partnerships

AIGA has matched a handful of AIGA chapters with Nonprofit VOTE’s civic anchors to enable designers to devise meaningful citizen engagement strategies locally. We want to demonstrate design’s integration in community organizing and civic literacy, while nurturing communities’ sense of belonging. Keep an eye on this page for more details as they become available.

FAQs and questions

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

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