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A protester holds the name of a police violence victim during a Black Lives Matter march in South Philadelphia, 26 July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: Workshopping “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter”

When Lucia McBath, the mother of a 17-year-old African-American boy killed by gunfire for playing music too loud, told the Democratic National Convention yesterday that “Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say black lives matter,” many of the delegates applauded. Many grumbled. Most seemed confused. If you are also confused, you are not alone. What does “black lives matter” mean? What is it to be progressive, racist, ignorant, or revolutionary? These…

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A volunteer distributing signs at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, July 25, 2016.

Date: July 26, 2016

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UX/IA Election 2016: Inside the Democratic Convention

Nothing quite matches the feeling of walking into a convention. It’s the Stanley Cup of talking. It’s never quiet, it’s never dark, and there’s never just one thing happening. Once your correspondent waded through protestors braving 100-degree heat to clear a quarter-mile of security procedures, he felt as if he had been sold a nosebleed seat to the entire Democratic Party arguing, chanting, and dancing their way into the future. And…

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Sanders Stein

UX/IA Election 2016: Bernie and Jill

This series explores the digital assets of candidates in the 2016 U.S. election. After exploring Ms. Clinton’s and Mr. Trump’s websites and main menus, we move on to Bernie Sanders, who just concluded his Democratic campaign by endorsing Ms. Clinton, and Jill Stein, the experienced candidate of the Green Party.   Bernie Sanders: Mr. Sanders, who would prefer to go as “Bernie,” cuts a personal image with his first menu…

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Layouts of Ms. Clinton's and Mr. Trump's campaign Web sites, July 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: The Faces of the Campaign

This series explores the digital assets of candidates in the 2016 U.S. election. In our last segment, we discussed the donation processes to each campaign. This and the next two will explore the layouts of individual sites, including the beginning of user journeys for donating, volunteering, and learning more about the “next president of the United States.”   Hillary Clinton: Ms. Clinton’s top main menu begins with a flowing biography…

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Online Donations 2016

UX/IA Election 2016: Where are the “Donate” Buttons?

Whatever the idea, it needs its website first. Searches for URLs on GoDaddy have ended many late-night brainstorming sessions, and quite a few political campaigns have taken hits because they missed an important site name. As plans for the major party conventions start to take shape, no one new is likely to enter the race with a decent chance of winning. Hillary Clinton is winning the fundraising game, confounding expectations beyond…

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