Election and Civic Design

Oxide is a nationally renowned expert in civic design and election design.
We work with governments and organizations to design ballots, registration forms, voter information, and other election-related materials.

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Oxide Design Co. works in civic design and election design with states and jurisdictions from New York to California.

We also partner with federal agencies such as the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Voter Assistance Program, as well as nationwide organizations supporting voters and elections.

Oxide worked with AIGA Design For Democracy to develop a set of nationwide ballot design standards, adopted by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. We continue to work with election vendors, state and local governments, and foundations to improve the ease and accuracy of voting for all people.

Oxide is the design team behind the Anywhere Ballot, a digital ballot interface designed and tested to be highly usable and accessible. The ultimate goal of the project is to allow every citizen to vote on any device, anywhere, at any time. Oxide founder Drew Davies testified before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration about the design and usability testing of the Anywhere Ballot.

Contact us today to discuss civic design: civic@oxidedesign.com


Oxide featured in Smithsonian Design Museum

I am honored to share that the work of Oxide Design Co. has been featured in an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent that we designed in collaboration with Center for Civic Design were selected as part of the By the people: Designing a better America exhibit. Starting from a modest Kickstarter project in 2012, the Field Guides have grown from four volumes to 10, covering topics from…



Civic design isn’t sexy

Civic design is about equality and accessibility. In its election- and ballot-design forms, it’s about trying to ensure that votes get cast as they were intended by the voter. It’s unbiased and non-partisan — because bad ballot design affects all voters. At its core, civic design is an attempt to communicate flawlessly using language and design so that democracy is upheld.



Election Tools website

In cooperation with our long-time partner Center for Civic Design, along with the Center for Technology in Civic Life, we recently launched electiontools.org. electiontools.org is a civic engagement toolkit for election officials. It’s a place where election officials can quickly get their hands on the digital tools they need for managing elections.



Oxide’s ballot design work featured in Omaha World-Herald

We are pleased to share that Oxide Design Co., and founder and designer Drew Davies, have been featured on the front page of the Tuesday, May 10, 2016, issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article, headlined “A Clean Ballot for Messy Times”, highlights our extensive work on election and ballot design, including how our national ballot design standards have been adopted by Douglas County, Neb.



California Voter Information Guides

At Oxide, we use the term “election design” to describe design that solves issues across the full range of the voting experience. It’s not just ballot design; it’s things like wayfinding and informational signage at polling places, data visualization of election results, and user interfaces for election officials’ administrative software.



Drew Davies testifies before Presidential Commission

Earlier this month I had the distinct honor of testifying before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA). The PCEA was formed to identify best practices and make recommendations to President Obama on election efficiency and voter experience. These PCEA has held a series of five public advisory meetings to collect data relevant to ballot design, voting accessibility and other issues outlined in Executive Order 13639.



Redesigning election forms for overseas citizens (FPCA and FWAB)

It seems fitting as we approach Independence Day that I share a bit about what Oxide has been up to recently in the world of election-related design. In various ways over the last couple of years, we’ve had the honor of working with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP, a division of the U.S. Department of Defense). Our work has centered around an ongoing improvement of the design and usability of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), and the Federal…



Democracy at Stake:
A Nebraska Voting Rights Art Show

The problem with Voter ID laws are that they seem completely logical when you’re first presented with the concept. It goes something like this: “I have to show a photo ID to vote? Well, that makes sense”¦” But it’s not until you actually look at the issue that it becomes apparent that it doesn’t make sense, and that Voter ID laws disenfranchise a sizable portion of the population. In Nebraska alone, up to 130,000 individuals do not have a valid…



Election Design Field Guides

Those of you that follow Oxide Design Co. know that we’re involved in a lot of different election design efforts, working to make the voting process more clear, more trustworthy, and more accessible. We recently had a great opportunity to make great strides forward in the effort by working with Dana Chisnell of Usability Works to design the Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent. The Guides contain “field-researched, critical ballot design techniques that help ensure that every vote is cast…