It Took 95 Years

by Leila Singleton

In the summer of 2020, I was invited by UX/UI designer Breon Waters II to join his People by Design artist collective as a founding member. The group is composed of professionals working in the creative industries who want to make a difference using our superpower, visual communication.

In the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, our group decided to create a series of Instagram carousel posts using Breon’s concept of contrasting the timelines of historical achievements with the time it took to secure black suffrage in the United States. I selected the Statue of Liberty and the Constitution of the United States for my posts. Using a typesetting template created by Breon, and copy written by Breon and fellow member Christina Yang, I imagined democracy first as a star-spangled snail, and then as a beflagged turtle, each of whom gets a turbo boost once everyone is finally allowed to cast their votes. The ultimate message? Your right to vote is precious, so make sure to cast a ballot in 2020. Each post concluded with an informational slide detailing where voters could find election dates and deadlines for their states.


Silver in Digital Design for Social Change 2021, Freelancer

Silver in Illustration for Social Change 2021, Freelancer

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Leila Singleton


People by Design