“A picture is worth a thousand words.” This phrase has been widely circulated around the globe since its emergence in the early 20th century. Simply put, one image can tell a story just as well, if not better, than written words. Visual imagery can have an immediate, instinctual impact on our emotions, thoughts, and actions. Graphic design companies know this more than anyone, and are utilizing advancements in psychological research to drive engagement, motivate consumer purchasing, and even promote political agendas. As we see more and more political activists step into executive roles in the graphic design profession, a shift has occurred: what was once a branch of fine arts has now become a science – a science that is being weaponized.
A fundamental component of design is persuasion. Graphic designers can convince people to eat more fast food, drive cars they can’t afford, and even vote for, or against, a political party. Since 2000, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has engaged in what they describe as a “non-partisan voter mobilization campaign.” Every four years, AIGA’s graphic artist members design posters with the intention of motivating citizens to register and vote. The “non-partisan” program is called Design for Democracy, and prominently displays it’s proud partnerships with the League of Women Voters (LWV) and Vote411.org. The LWV, a George Soros funded organization, is well known for pushing left-leaning policies, promoting Marxism and anti-American rhetoric, and demands tax-payer funded abortions. Vote411.org, which is run by the LWV Education Fund, touts itself as the “trusted source of objective and factual election information – your one stop-shop for everything election-related.” A few moments on their site shows a proclivity to absentee and mail in ballot voting, as well as providing a form to register to vote. This form is powered by Rock the Vote, a progressive-left non-profit that supports pro-abortion policies, government run healthcare, and criminal justice reform.
In 2022, reports have been coming in that AIGA’s Design for Democracy posters have been showing up in Election official’s offices across the state of Florida. These posters are conveying anything but “non-partisan” messaging in government run offices that are to refrain from activities that may “interfere with or affect the results of an election.” (Federal Hatch Act of 1939). The posters promote progressive ideologies, leftist agendas, and even contribute to the efforts to weaken our republic’s traditions and institutions by calling the United States a democracy.
Citizens should be cognizant of the political agenda that is being promoted on the walls of elections offices across our Nation. If you, or anyone you know, have seen AIGA’s questionable Design for Democracy posters in your local elections office, we encourage you to reach out to that office and request that the non-partisan posters be taken down or replaced.