Design a Ballot

CC image ballot by Heather Katsoulis at Flickr
CC image ballot by Heather Katsoulis at Flickr

The Issue

First Impressions

Ballot source:
Ballot source:
  • What do you notice about this ballot?
  • Does the design clearly demonstrate how to complete it?

The Goal

  • Design an election ballot that is simple to understand
  • Demonstrate the iteration process through…
    • Creating many ballot design sketches on paper
    • Creating many iterations of ballots improving each success design based on peer feedback
  • Identify and justify which GenCyber principles apply to your design
    • Integrity– Assurance that information is accurate and trustworthy; information must be protected from unauthorized modification/change.
    • Availability– Information is accessible to authorized persons.
    • Keep It Simple – Value of keeping computer programming/system design simple without compromising the ability to protect information/data from unauthorized access.


  • Rough draft sketches of ballot designs (4 total on one piece of paper) that guide the eye, each successive design showing design evolution
  • A final ballot design
  • Reflection on the design process and GenCyber principles included in your design

Video Directions

Student Samples

  • Coming soon!


Observe design elements in everyday objects

  • Walk around and sketch at least four signs or other graphical elements that are designed for communication in your visual space

Read about Design Basics and C.R.A.P.


Read How To Direct A Viewer’s Eye Through Your Design

Image from
Image from

Search for election ballot and examine their design

CC image Official Ballot by JC at Flickr
CC image Official Ballot by JC at Flickr
  • Examine simple and complicated designs
    • How does your eye move through the document?
    • What worked in the better designs?
    • How can these designs help your own design?

Developmetaphor for your design ideas (it may help your design)

    • This can help people better understand your design by applying their current understanding of visual models

CC image Mind Full v. Mindful by Heidi Forbes Öste at Flickr

        CC image Mind Full v. Mindful by Heidi Forbes Öste at Flickr


Follow the generating ideas process

      •  Fold a piece of paper in half twice
        • You will have four sections that each have a front and back
        • CC image tutorial 004 by Danielle at Flickr
      • Complete following 2-step cycle four times:
        1. Brainwrite (solo) a ballot in one of the quarter sections of the piece of paper
        2. Show and brainstorm (together) with another student what you drew, analyze with C.R.A.P. principles and write feedback on the back of your sketch (behind that the quarter section)

Scan or take pictures of your sketches

Make a final iteration of your best design on paper

Design Feedback Form Image

Create a blog post titled, Design a Ballot Project

Write what you learned and problems you solved

      • What feedback did you receive from your peers and what improvements did you make because of that feedback?
      • What were the most challenging parts of this project?
      • What are you most proud of in your work?
      • What resources did you use to create your design?
      • Identify where in your design you satisfy some or all of the GenCyber principles; Integrity, Availability, and Keep It Simple 


If you create a digital version:

Feedback Form

    • Coming Soon!