David Wrenne is a graphic designer and full-time lecturer on the BA Visual Communication course at the Arts University Bournemouth. David has taught in numerous institutions and, for the past seven years, has worked and collaborated within the graphic design industry in Ireland and the UK. His current practice is a collaborative project with radical publishing house Tombstone Press, exploring the manner in which the printed narrative is experienced and constructed. Tombstone Press is a visceral and illustrative examination of urban living and architecture through a physical interaction with print. Its first publication How Buildings Kill
was published in June 2013.
Tuesday 8 April: Theory to inform practice in information design
"I don't pretend that social and political problems can be solved with graphics or technology, but tools, technologies, and techniques of communication can profoundly alter our relationship to the world, to power, and to each other." –
My presentation poses the question of the relevance of the graphic design discipline in creating clarity within democratic participation in a physical sense. It will give insight into my research project BALLOT, which studies human behaviour within information and electoral structures, and considers how the fundamentals of the graphic design process could assist in impeding disenfranchisement throughout voting nations within the European Union. BALLOT began as a research project on my Masters programme at Central Saint Martins and I have continued developing research into the subject.
The ballot or voting paper is the most important document regarding the physical voting procedure and, at present, is being ‘designed’ by local government returning officers and election officials who have no background in graphic design and have a limited period of one week to create the paper. The ballot is a form, determined by its function, and nothing in its design should be without a purpose. This is not always the case in the execution of the ballot ‘design’, causing problems in the accessibility of it which, in turn, affects the electorate’s voice within democracy.