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Slovenian State Election Commission

Electoral Management Award for Slovenian State Election Commission.

 

A group of students from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, were given the task of coming up with a graphic design for the Slovenian State Election Commission’s website. They worked individually and in groups, with a jury deciding on a winner
at the end.

 

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Sara Božanić was approached by the winners and decided to mentor the group to create a new transmedia communication strategy. Joined by Tanja Užmah, they completed the entire web design, as well as the election forms. The independent jury deliberated on ten proposals and decided to put Tanja’s project into production. Polling stations used information posters and ballot papers designed by Tanja Užmah, as well as information boards, speaker podiums, correspondence papers, envelopes, etc. The team, which consisted of designer Tanja Užmah and programmers, translators and DVK staff (director Dušan Vučko and his assistant Nina Mujagič) entered the competition and won. They were invited to Kuala Lumpur by the International Electoral Awards Committee and were given the International Electoral Award in the ‘Electoral Management Award’ category.

During this time they also developed an application for mobile phones featuring a map of all polling stations (when you enter your home address the application directs you to your nearest polling station), as well as an educational application with a detailed description of voting rights  for voters and the election board.

This website was the first in Slovenia to have the most of its content prepared for people with special needs as well. The videos contain voice, sign language and subtitles, which makes them suitable for those with hearing problems as well as the visually impaired.

The team is currently upgrading the content. Their goal is to make elections democratic, to create a user-friendly website and to establish a toll-free phone number for any election-related questions voters might have.

During elections the team works on:

  • designing the forms and the graphic organiser
  • updating the website with the most recent and accurate information
  • managing the Twitter community on the day of the elections
  • publishing the election results – regular unofficial and final results (details provided by the SRC).

 

The project was developed under the guidance of Boštjan Botas Kenda,  Dean, Academy of fine arts and design, Ljubljana and Sara Božanić.