22nd April 2005
NEW DESIGN FOR POLLING DAY
Elections should be for people rather than politicians, with a new Bank Holiday created for polling day and a cash prize given to the constituency with the highest turnout.
That’s the view of Hull Graphic Design student Sven Shaw, who is £1,800 better off after winning a coveted Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Design Directions Award.
The RSA challenged design students to create a new climate around the voting process and experience – one that is inclusive, demystified and relevant to society today.
Sven (21) came up with a scheme to improve voter participation in General Elections by declaring voting day a bank holiday and encouraging towns and cities to hold celebrations to coincide with polling day.
travelled down to the RSA’s national headquarters in
idea was to get people into town centres to have a fun time and cast their
vote,” said Sven, who comes from
Sven’s new designs for ballot slips and ballot boxes impressed the RSA, who will display a selection of his work as part of an online exhibition from 20th May.
Graphic Design degree in
“To achieve further recognition is wonderful and a cause for celebration.”
nine Art and Design students from the
The others are yet to hear whether or not they have been successful.
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