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A Populist’s Guide To: Shaping Democracy

UniversityUniversity of Applied Arts Vienna
Lead DesignersAndreas Palfinger
Prize(s)Gold in Print / Print Editorial, Gold in Other Graphic Designs / Other Graphic designs
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Entry Description

This guide provides 7 steps on how to transform a democratic system into dictatorship. “New Right” is the descriptive term of political right-wing movements and parties – and they are in vogue. Their goal: the authoritarian state; their path: destabilizing and transforming our democracies; their means: populism and disinformation. This guiding principles are translated into design, implementing the dissolution of existing systems, progressive radicalization and network structures in layout, typography and imagery. Reading the guide backwards yields possible answers on how to restore democracy.


Andreas is a soon-to-be multidisciplinary designer with focus on graphic design, critical design and virtual architecture, based in Vienna and Weimar. He studies at the University of applied Arts Vienna (clas for Graphic Design & guest student at Design Investigations / Industrial Design 2) and currently studies as exchange Student at Bauhaus University Weimar in the Faculty of Architecture.
Latest successes are a Gold trophy at the »European Design Awards 2020« and at the »Creative Club Austria Awards 2020« and an article about his project at the reknown communication design Magazine »Novum«

Awards and Prize

European Design Awards 2020 — Gold (Internal Projects / Student Projects)
CCA Awards 2020 — Gold (Student of the Year)
Joseph Binder Award 2020 — Nomination (Editorial Design)
CCA Awards 2019 — Nomination (Student of the Year