Every four years The Professional Association for Design (AIGA) activates its community of designers across the U.S. and beyond to Get Out the Vote. The 2020 Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote poster campaign (in partnership with the League of Women Voters) invites AIGA members to design nonpartisan posters to commemorate the beginning of 100 years of women’s voting rights. This campaign aspires to support voter participation, while also offering examination of the history of voting rights and women’s fight for equality.
“For more than a century, women have played a fundamental role in shaping an inclusive and active electorate. Women have powered—and continue to power—the vote. Even as this year continues to bring unprecedented challenges to our communities and our democracy, we know that our nation is at its best when everyone has a chance to participate,” said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States.
Five Posters Empowering the Women’s Vote
Title: All the Cool Girls Vote
Submitted By: Lynell Ingram
AIGA Chapter: Chicago
Artist Statement: “Voting is our right, our duty, and our power. I believe in women, women’s’ empowerment, and our ability to influence the world and our collective futures for the better. This is my watercolor painting to put what I want to scream from the rooftop into an image and to speak to all of us, including the young or disenfranchised. We need our voices to be heard, on all platforms, but especially at the ballot box.”
Title: Her Vote, Her Voice
Submitted By: Jennifer Visocky O’Grady
AIGA Chapter: Cleveland
Artist Statement: “Handwriting is as individual as fingerprints. Now that we’re constantly typing it feels even more unique. I asked my circle to WRITE me a note about voting, share a memory or a motivation. These are the voices of beloved aunts, valued colleagues, the gals from book club and the gym, my piano teacher, friends of the family, neighbors, my daughter’s old babysitter…you get the range. Different backgrounds, different life experiences, but each one committed to raising her voice through her vote. Every. Single. Election. You can always count on the ladies.”
Title: Voice of Change
Submitted By: Kaleena Sales
AIGA Chapter: Nashville
Artist Statement: “In November, the mothers, sisters, and daughters who have wept over the unjust loss of loved ones, will have their voices heard. For everyone who has ever been silenced by racist systems and have been oppressed by inequality, their votes will carry power and purpose–honoring those who came before and empowering those who are here today.”
Title: Voting is Beautiful
Submitted By: Louise Sandhaus
AIGA Chapter: Los Angeles
Artist Statement: “There are so many messages today employing fear and facts. Those tactics can be very successful, but for this project I wanted to use beauty as a means to draw people to the message and inspire voting. Flowers not only represent beauty but women and the feminine as well. And they come in many colors! For this project the image seemed perfectly befitting.”
Title: Your Vote is Your Voice
Submitted By: Melinda Beck
AIGA Chapter: New York
Artist Statement: “My dear friends: Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.” – Rep. John Lewis
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AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, they bring together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all.
“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. “I’m proud of the work our design community has done to celebrate 100 years of empowering women’s vote and to inspire their fellow citizens to take action in November.”
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Images provided by AIGA Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote poster campaign.