What Matters

November 2020 Issue


Elections matter. Our democratic right to vote matters, and your individual vote counts. Please go vote Nov 3, and we’ll check back in with you in December. In the meantime, please enjoy a few stories about the convergence of design and democracy.

Design for Democracy

Design for Democracy is based on the premise that good design makes your choices clear. Started in 1998, the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ (AIGA) 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.

“Civic engagement is part of the heart of design. Making information, especially voter information, accessible and understandable strengthens and enhances our democracy,” said AIGA Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson. In 2020, they continue to advocate for civic engagement through voter education, registration, and access. They turn design skills and aspirations into tangible actions that can make a difference.

Envision Your Future

The AIGA’s 2020 Get Out the Vote Poster design competition garnered some incredible submissions.  Please take a look here and let us know which are your favorites.

“A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.”

James Freeman Clarke