Designed as a collaboration between KADABRA Product Design, Innovativoli Industrial Design, and Blueroom Graphic Design (all of whom share a studio in Oslo), the project is the centerpiece of a comprehensive set of voting materials comprised of a ballot box, graphic profile, signage and ballot. Here's a bit more from the team:
A voting system is not truly democratic until everyone who has the right to vote can do so without encountering physical or mental barriers. As the initiator of this project, the Norwegian state wished to focus on inclusiveness--a good voting experience for everyone regardless of physical or mental impairments. By including "elite users" in the creative process, all the elements of the voting experience are designed to be just as available to the visually impaired, wheel chair users, or illiterates, as they are to an "ordinary" user. The proposed project lifts the elections to a higher functional level, and injects a feeling of solemnity and pride both for the voters and the volunteers.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.