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Research results don’t have to be boring. Design doesn’t have to be hard. With the Field Guides, we created short, simple, readable, usable tools for people who want to make voting interactions easier, faster, and more pleasant for voters, poll workers, and administrators.

Specs

Each 32-page, 3.5 x 5-inch book includes 10 guidelines, steps, or tips, along with a quick checklist at the end to help you know whether what you’re making will work.

The covers are printed on 100% recycled chipboard. The internal pages are vegetable- based inks on 100% recycled papers. The Field Guides are printed by Scout Books and designed by Oxide Design Co.


The original four

Brilliantly researched, guideline gems and examples about how to deal with typical election design problems.

We call these the “original 4” because they were the first in the series, originally funded by a Kickstarter project and then supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Set of 4 Field Guides

  • Vol. 01. Designing usable ballots
  • Vol. 02. Writing instructions voters understand
  • Vol. 03. Testing ballots for usability
  • Vol. 04. Effective poll worker materials

If you’d like to order large quantities (more than 10 sets), contact us!


Communicating with voters

2012 was a great year for researching the conversation between election departments and voters. And we wrote it all down! Thanks to support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the help of dozens of co-researchers, we have 4 Field Guides about design that works for voter education.

Set of 4 Field Guides

  • Vol. 05. Choosing how to communicate with voters
  • Vol. 06. Designing voter education booklets and flyers
  • Vol. 07. Designing election department websites
  • Vol. 08. Guiding voters through the polling place

If you’d like to order large quantities (more than 10 sets), contact us!


Full set of Field Guides

Get all the volumes of the Field Guides in one sweet batch.

Set of 8 Field Guides

  • Vol. 01. Designing usable ballots
  • Vol. 02. Writing instructions voters understand
  • Vol. 03. Testing ballots for usability
  • Vol. 04. Effective poll worker materials
  • Vol. 05. Choosing how to communicate with voters
  • Vol. 06. Designing voter education booklets and flyers
  • Vol. 07. Designing election department websites
  • Vol. 08. Guiding voters through the polling place

If you’d like to order large quantities (more than 10 sets), contact us!