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(Hyperallergic)   US election ballots used to be gorgeously wrought works of graphic design--a far cry from the hanging chads and half-filled ovals of today   (hyperallergic.com) divider line
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2020-08-21 11:31:25 AM  
Graphic designers have been around awhile, yo, They didn't just spring into existence when Steve Jobs introduced the MacIntosh.
 
2020-08-21 2:30:41 PM  
Those are not actual ballots, those are campaign flyers.
 
2020-08-21 9:45:26 PM  
I don't like the picture of the psychopathic orangutan they are using on 2020 ballots.
 
2020-08-21 9:48:23 PM  

King Something: Those are not actual ballots, those are campaign flyers.


They might be both.

Time was, you got your ballot from the newspaper & gave it to the pollworkers. I don't know if it came pre-filled, but the newspaper that corresponded to your political leanings at least told you which people to vote for. A lot of the graphics & symbols were to instruct people who couldn't read which person they should vote for.
 
2020-08-21 9:49:10 PM  

JRoo: I don't like the picture of the psychopathic orangutan they are using on 2020 ballots.


Don't bring my people into this.

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Graphic designers have been around awhile, yo, They didn't just spring into existence when Steve Jobs introduced the MacIntosh.


I know a few graphic designers who were around when everything was done by hand.  Their biggest complaint is now everyone thinks they're a graphic designer.
 
2020-08-21 9:57:25 PM  
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Hey,
It's a bunch of women of different races gathered around a printing press with a pile of mail.
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I can neither confirm nor deny meddling with the time space continuum due to lack of data but Th J just endorsed Kamala Harris and sent the warning that the postal system and the press are the core of America, the nation's life blood. Communication is important and it's for everyone.
 
2020-08-21 10:00:55 PM  
So did Thomas Talbot of Buh'wrikkah ever become governor?
 
2020-08-21 10:05:14 PM  

King Something: Those are not actual ballots, those are campaign flyers.


Those are necessarily mutually exclusive. Elections as we know them only really emerged in the US in the 1880s.

Before that it was a hodgepodge of rules. Voting methods ranged from raised hands, to oral statements, to putting a flyer or newspaper ad issued by one of the party's in a box.
 
2020-08-21 10:07:25 PM  
They had pictures so that people that could not read would know who they were voting for.
They were colorful because those were paid for by the Republican Party.   They were just as much advertisements as ballots.

At that time, you were allowed to print up ballots with just your candidates on them, hand them out to voters, who could drop them in a ballot box. We do not do that anymore, you have to use the ballots the election gives you.

The obvious problems with this led to it being outlawed.
 
2020-08-21 10:37:59 PM  

ShavedOrangutan: JRoo: I don't like the picture of the psychopathic orangutan they are using on 2020 ballots.

Don't bring my people into this.

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Graphic designers have been around awhile, yo, They didn't just spring into existence when Steve Jobs introduced the MacIntosh.

I know a few graphic designers who were around when everything was done by hand.  Their biggest complaint is now everyone thinks they're a graphic designer.


Similar to how everyone thinks they're a photographer because cameras are so accessible.  No, there's actually some craft to it for it to be effective.  Higher access does not equate to higher quality.
 
2020-08-21 10:55:08 PM  
You want to really feel left out? Check out what concert tickets used to look like
 
2020-08-21 11:14:02 PM  

andrewagill: King Something: Those are not actual ballots, those are campaign flyers.

They might be both.

Time was, you got your ballot from the newspaper & gave it to the pollworkers. I don't know if it came pre-filled, but the newspaper that corresponded to your political leanings at least told you which people to vote for. A lot of the graphics & symbols were to instruct people who couldn't read which person they should vote for.


Like the article said, you sign your name on the back and hand it in.  They also mentioned "pasters" that you stuck over anyone you wanted to do a write in on.
 
2020-08-21 11:19:49 PM  

ShavedOrangutan: JRoo: I don't like the picture of the psychopathic orangutan they are using on 2020 ballots.

Don't bring my people into this.

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Graphic designers have been around awhile, yo, They didn't just spring into existence when Steve Jobs introduced the MacIntosh.

I know a few graphic designers who were around when everything was done by hand.  Their biggest complaint is now everyone thinks they're a graphic designer.


I was privileged to meet one of the last engravers at the US Mint.  They don't do that any more, and it's a quickly-dying art.  So sad, and it's surprising to learn the vast amount of stuff that was engraved in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
2020-08-22 2:08:26 AM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Graphic designers have been around awhile, yo, They didn't just spring into existence when Steve Jobs introduced the MacIntosh.


I'm the subby, and a graphic designer who's used drafting tables, PMT cameras, and hand-set lead type. Your statement is silly.
 
2020-08-22 2:48:34 AM  

Summoner101: ShavedOrangutan: JRoo: I don't like the picture of the psychopathic orangutan they are using on 2020 ballots.

Don't bring my people into this.

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Graphic designers have been around awhile, yo, They didn't just spring into existence when Steve Jobs introduced the MacIntosh.

I know a few graphic designers who were around when everything was done by hand.  Their biggest complaint is now everyone thinks they're a graphic designer.

Similar to how everyone thinks they're a photographer because cameras are so accessible.  No, there's actually some craft to it for it to be effective.  Higher access does not equate to higher quality.


Since we are going down this path: Autotune.
 
2020-08-22 3:32:26 AM  

jsnbase: You want to really feel left out? Check out what concert tickets used to look like


I have a holographic Lady Gaga at MGM Grand in Las Vegas concert ticket that's pretty neat. It will never be used because it was supposed to happen in April; then COVID happened ☹  Concert cancelled, whole trip cancelled, this whole YEAR basically cancelled......

Interesting article subby, thanks for sharing!
 
2020-08-22 7:36:35 AM  
Cheng notes that between 1800 and 1850, the population of the US grew from 5.3 million to 23 million with immigrants arriving from Europe. Voting rights expanded as the requirements to own property were eased."

So much radical, progressive change re: access to the ballot/immigration -  yet, the country somehow thrived and survived. Of course, it took a war, eventually, as power shifted to where those immigrants resided, but....
 
2020-08-22 9:10:17 AM  
Just about everything was designed more elegantly many years ago.  The modern design motifs of gray squares and empty corners and metal cubes  and empty glass and no embellishments except for an occasional hideous abstract painting is abominable.  Business all the time is BORING.
 
2020-08-22 3:21:52 PM  

wiredroach: Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: Graphic designers have been around awhile, yo, They didn't just spring into existence when Steve Jobs introduced the MacIntosh.

I'm the subby, and a graphic designer who's used drafting tables, PMT cameras, and hand-set lead type. Your statement is silly.


Settle down, Beavis
 
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