For the past five years, MCAD has been collaborating with the Minneapolis Voter and Election Services to make voting easier for neighborhood voters and for the city’s electorate at large. Roughly 6,000 votes have been cast on campus during the last five years for the citizens of Minneapolis Ward 10, Precinct 9.

MCAD began experimenting with designing better directional signage in 2014—translating the signs to multiple languages to ensure that all eligible voters felt welcome on campus and could easily navigate the voting process. Based on the 2014 prototypes, Minneapolis Voter and Election Services hired MCAD’s in-house design firm, DesignWorks, to redesign the voting signage used at the city’s 125 neighborhood polling places. The new system of integrated informational and directional signage was launched citywide during the 2016 election cycle.

Now, MCAD is offering the files for free to the public under a Creative Commons license. Anyone is free to download and use the files in accordance with the terms listed below.

Creative Commons Licensing Details

All files on this website are being released under a Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial–ShareAlike 4.0 license. This means individuals downloading the files hosted on this website are free to:

  • Share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the Minneapolis College of Design endorses you or your use.
  • NonCommercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • ShareAlike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions: You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

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Software and Font Package Requirements

All files for download on this site were created using Adobe InDesign. Files are available for download in both INDD and IDML format. Designers using InDesign CC should download the INDD files; designers using earlier versions of InDesign should download the IDML files.

The files provided here use the font Work Sans, which is available to download for free from Google Fonts. The original signage was designed using the proprietary font Circular; which is available for purchase from Lineto.

The design file packages each contain the following categories of files:

Standard Informational and Directional Signage

Minneapolis Voting Signage

Files for the standard instructional and informational signage used in the polling place.


Multi-Lingual Supplemental Signage

Informational and directional signs translated into Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.


Important note about stickers for Minnesota jurisdictions: The designs presented here are not in compliance with state regulations that stipulate the design of "I Voted" stickers to be distributed at polling places in Minnesota (M.S. 211B.11 Subd. 1). MCAD has designed them as an optional piece of elections collateral, but they are not part of the standard polling place materials.

Minneapolis Voting Stickers