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Deuglyifying Government

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 26 2010

I'm of the belief that much of the Obama presidential campaign's early success can be traced back to smart typographical choices, so the Sunlight Foundation's Design for America contest is just my kind of thing.* The idea, as Sunlight's Clay Johnson says in his winners' announcement video above, filmed at O'Reilly's Gov 2.0 Expo 2010 in DC earlier today, was to hold an "art contest" that had as its aim applying what we know about good design to the workings of government. If you'd prefer to read about the winners, head here. And if you'd just like a taste of what aesthetically pleasingly and immensely functional government looks like, behold a better IRS.

*Note: Our Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry are senior advisors to the Sunlight Foundation.