Julian Crespo
Product Designer

Hi, I'm Julian.

5 years ago I decided to reshape my future. I became a father and I also dedicated myself to learning the craft of design and design thinking. My path may not be conventional, but my journey has taught me how to be vulnerable, how to fail and how to overcome. I have learned that constraints are essential for harnessing creativity because they require deep evaluation which grounds expectations to reality. I understand boundaries of design and how to be creative within them. I consider myself to be a creative pragmatist who is comfortable with being uncomfortable. My biggest design challenge is my daughter, which means my future is bright.

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BlockVote is a mobile voting app that increases turnout by making voting more accessible and secure.

Project Overview

The Problem

Elections are a defining feature of democratic government and voting is our strongest voice. Why do we still rely on an antiquated voting system that still requires physically counted and transported ballots to express it? This outdated system far too often results in errors and fraud which leads to a lack of voter confidence, which negatively impacts voter turnout.

The Challenge

Design an experience that reimagines the mechanics of voting by utilizing emerging technology to increase voter turnout. Work within the current government system and account for rules and regulations to propose a solution that is not speculative.

Skills Applied

Exploratory Research, Secondary Research, Prototyping, Interface Design, Experience Design, Branding, Storytelling, Team Collaboration.

Teammates

Bibiana Bauer - Project Manager, Systems, Video Production
Joanne Lee - Visual Design, Brand and Voice

TImeline

4 Weeks +

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Research Overview

Voting Statistics

•  64% of the U.S. voting-age population were registered to vote in 2016.

•  55.7% of the U.S. voting-age population cast a ballot in the 2016 election.

•  2% margin of error is deemed "acceptable" when tallying voter ballots.

•  56.7% of the voting population represent the Rising American Electorate (RAE).

•  The RAE is the voting majority of Millennials, People of Color, Asian Americans & Unmarried Women.

blockchain TEchnology

•  Cannot be controlled by a single entity – decentralized.

•  Has no single point of failure.

•  Altering any unit of information requires computing power that exceeds known capabilities.

expert perspectives

Interviewing experts validated that the mechanics of voting is in need of change. Each providing guidance and a credible perspective that would help us understand how to create an impactful experience.

Mobile Experience

Voting Rights

The logistics of voting are complicated enough, we want to be a source of truth that supports an inclusive election process. Voting rights may be reviewed at any time in the profile settings.

Voter Registration

We are linked to a Voter Registry that verifies and validates registration status. This ensures that only registered voters have access to BlockVote.

Voter Identification

Voter ID's are state specific. Registered voters will be required to provide ID to register as a BlockVoter, depending on state of residence requirements.

Voter ID on Blockchain

BlockVote ID's are validated on blockchain and track ballot activity, guaranteeing accurate and securely casted ballots. BlockVote ID is a one time issuance, since your identity is linked, their will be no need to renew registry.

Mobile Voting

BlockVote ballot is optimized for accessibility and available in all languages. Once a ballot is cast, all voting selections are permanently tied to a BlockVote ID, which may be reviewed at any time inside the profile settings.

Visual Language
Process Materials
Learning Outcomes

Through this project I learned that people genuinely want to see change in how we interact with out most valuable civic duty, but they also remain skeptical of the security of mobile voting. "How secure is Blockchain, really?" Also, mobile devices are currently ubiquitous, but what happens when they aren't? These are valid questions that I think are due more to the paradigm of voting norms and faith in emerging tech. I am interested how voting can evolve if we embrace technology and automation within government.

Thank you.

Hi, I'm Julian.

I'm a studied interaction designer, product designer through passion and experience. I thrive in collaborative environments and I believe communication and feedback are essential for progress. I enjoy all things research with a deep interest in ethnography and participatory design. I want to design interactions that leaves a positive influence on culture, values and the future.

If you have any questions or feedback about any of my projects feel free to send me a message.

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