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AIGA | ONU Student Chapter Motivates Campus Community To “Get Out the Vote”

Get Out the VoteAIGA|ONU Student Chapter Motivates Campus Community To “Get Out the Vote”
By Rebecca Monce, freshman language arts education, literature and Spanish major

Are you going to vote? No? Take a stroll around campus and rethink your answer. The AIGA/Ohio Northern University student chapter has created a striking display of posters aimed at promoting participation at this year’s national election.

The AIGA|The Professional Association for Design is a nationwide association which works to “advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force” (AIGA.com). Get Out the Vote, a national AIGA Design for Democracy initiative since the 2000 election, enables designers to engage in the public arena by contributing to a coordinated voter mobilization campaign. The 2008 poster campaign builds on the efforts made in 2004, when participants created more than 50,000 AIGA posters that were displayed in public places in communities across the nation and made available as online PDFs for anyone to download, print and post independently.

The AIGA/ONU student chapter is doing their part with a chain of vivid and spirited posters, each of which urges the ONU community to vote. These nonpartisan posters not only display the message to vote, they brand it into the minds of students and staff with a series of stunning images. By motivating eligible citizens to register and turn out on election day, the Get Out the Vote campaign fulfills an ongoing AIGA objective of demonstrating the value of design to the public, public officials and business by providing a clear call to action for an activity that is important to everyone.

The posters can be viewed all around campus and in the Elzay Gallery Lobby starting the week of October 19, which was “National Design Week.” The students chose to hang the posters during this week to contribute to the NDW, a project that attempts to highlight the various ways in which design enhances our daily lives.

For questions related to ONU’s Get Out the Vote campaign, please contact the department of art & design at art@onu.edu or 419.772.2160.