Can Design Save Democracy?

August 25, 2008

Election Ballot

Sometimes the creative person in us goes a bit too far in judging our impact on the world.

So when the New York Times’ article “Can Design Save Democracy?” came across my computer I had the obvious answer in mind – NO. I’ll be the first to admit that I laughed out loud at the idea.

But for once, maybe the designer in me wasn’t pretentious enough. After looking further, my answer is a humble but firm “Yes”. While it might not save the free world as we know it, it would allow normal people to have a chance to get their voice heard. And in the end of the day, isn’t that a better thing?

If rethinking a simple form could impact our nation’s future so drastically, imagine what taking a unique look at everything else might do!

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