Branding & Communications  |  Freelance

Nick For Congress

During the 2022 midterm election cycle, I joined a U.S. House of Representatives campaign seeking to elect a 31-year-old, Black, bisexual scientist to represent Utah.

Nick Mitchell, a first-time candidate, had several logos and a single color for the campaign. Upon joining the team, I refined and advanced the visual brand; creating a single, variable logo, selecting a color palette, and standardizing typography.

Due to the demographics of Utah’s Second Congressional District, I created two microbands to accompany the campaign. The first microbrand was for the Spanish-speaking populations of the district, which included a translated logo and various materials for Hispanic Heritage events. The second microbrand was for voters under 30. The Team Nick brand included it’s own logo, color story, and social media accounts.

Purple yard sign in grass with the text 'Nick for Congress'
Two logos. One says 'Nick for Congress' and the other says 'Nick para el Congreso' 'Team Nick' on a pink Utah graphic
White 'Nick for Congress logo' on a purple background Purple 'Nick for Congress logo' on a light blue background Purple 'Nick for Congress logo' on a cream background

Canvassing Materials

Utah’s Second Congressional District includes about half of the state’s land (48.7% to be exact), so we had many demographics with unique interests. It includes dense cities, rural farming towns, four colleges, land of four national parks, and many state parks and monuments. To appeal to the various interests, I created different collateral to appeal to specific groups.

The postcard was the most important material we had. It introduced Nick and his principles, and it included voting information and a link to his website. There were general-use cards, but we also created ones specific to communities, events, and milestones in the campaign.

Buttons also played a large role in the campaign; rather than bulk ordering online, they were created using a button maker at almost every tabling event. Some of the most popular buttons we created were:

  • “I support the guy with tattoos for Congress”
    Since Nick is known for having over 30 tattoos, as well as creating innovative tattoo inks, this one was a hit.
  • Hispanic Heritage
    Working with our Director of Equity and Hispanic Engagement, I created several designs that were unique to this community for a Hispanic Heritage event. We pressed hundreds of the themed buttons that day.
  • Pride flag buttons
    At Pride of Southern Utah, I pitched the idea of giving away unbranded pride flag buttons. We handed these out for free to attract people to the table, and we often had a line as we rushed to make more. In total, we created ten flag options. When people saw that they could get something more specific than just a rainbow button, their faces lit up!

Shirts, stickers, and car magnets were also created to provide more ways for people to spread the word. Stickers were especially popular at events for higher education students and Pride, while shirts were more popular at events for the elderly and for volunteers.

Two postcards sitting on a wooden table
Photo of a man on the phone wearing a blue Nick For Congress Button Set of 14 buttons, each with a different, branded design
A man on the left wears a black shirt that says 'I have the Audacity to Believe'. A woman on the right wears a purple shirt that says 'Nick for Congress.'
Phone with two Nick for Congress stickers; one is purple, the other is rainbow Image of the back of a truck with a purple 'Nick for Congress' sticker

Digital Presence

While in-person events were an important aspect of the campaign, digital outreach was also vital. The website was our campaign’s main CTA, where voters could learn about Nick, read short and long versions of his policy positions, get voting information, contact him directly, and find our social media channels.

This was the first election after redistricting, and the Wasatch Front, where about 75% of the state’s population lives, was surgically carved up. I created a custom Google map so voters could type in their address and see if they were part of the district or not, because many voters no longer knew which district they were in. The map received over 29,000 views during the campaign. To view the map, click here.

Social media was an important way of reaching and motivating younger voters. In addition to creating Instagram and Twitter profiles specifically geared toward voters under 30, we included ways for people to interact and share information on the campaign.

Two phones, one with an instagram page and another with a Twitter profile
Rainbow square with the text 'Queers for Nick' Several graphics with groups for Nick Orange square with the text 'Utahns for Nick'
Image of a laptop with the Nick for Congress campaign website on it

Communications

As the Communications Director for Nick’s campaign, I worked on other projects in addition to graphic design. These included writing and editing content for the website, creating social media content, coordinating with local and statewide press, and crafting messaging for events. In this role, I was fortunate to work with many members of the campaign team, including a student intern for communications and advisors to the campaign.

To view the campaign website, click here

Campaign Team

Nick Mitchell — Candidate for Congress, UT-02

Jakob Gertler — Campaign Manager

Billy Clouse — Director, Communications

Jesus Jimenez-Vivanco — Director, Equity and Hispanic Engagement

Stephen Otterstrom — Advisor, Verbal & Interpersonal Communications and Debate Prep

Steve Hartwick — Advisor, Policy and Op-Eds

Payson Wagstaff — Student Intern

Natalie Wagstaff — Volunteer Coordinator

Kalli Ostermiller — Student Intern

Wesley Harston — Student Intern

Man in purple shirt passing out candy at a parade Two men bent over in a field, looking at and discussing alfalfa Man in a black shirt talking to a woman in a red shirt