The European Elections 2019


From 23 to 26 May 2019, about 400 million people in 28 European member states had the chance to elect the new European Parliament. In many EU states the turnout in the European elections was significantly higher than five years ago. Congratulations Europe!



Don’t take democracy for granted


The aim of this first GIF competition was to collect as many creative perspectives as possible on why Europe and the European Union is worth a vote, and invited European graphic designers, animators, typographers, illustrators, photographers and artists who are living in the European Union to take a stand and use the transnational language of design to create a GIF. The competition was part of the Europe-wide campaign #thistimeimvoting.



Why participation was worth it!


More than 150 GIFs were submitted and then shared on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. From all these submissions the highly creative jury of designers and communication experts from all over Europe selected the three best GIFs. The winners were invited for one exciting day to Strasbourg in July to attend the first session of the newly elected European Parliament. All submitted GIFs can be seen on Instagram.



The European Jury


United in diversity! Our 25 highly creative jury members, who awarded the three best GIFs, came from all over Europe:

Borja Martínez, Creative Director & Founder of LO SIENTO studio, Member of AGI, Spain

Federica Landi, Professor of photography, artist, curator, founder of Riu Project, Italy

Fons Hickmann, Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, Chief at Fons Hickmann m23, Germany

Gosia Warrank, Designer, Poland/Germany

Jody Barton, Illustrator, Denmark

Jula Lakritz, UX Designer, Germany

Klaus Welb, Visual journalist & Director, Finland

Koen Denolf, Strategist & Managing Partner The Fat Lady, Belgium

Lea Brousse, Graphic Designer & Illustrator, France

Lucia Jarošová, Designer, Slovakia

Lucie Tomišková, Fashion editor Harper’s Bazaar Czech, Czech Republic

Luis Fernandes, Executive Producer at Canal180, Portugal

Margriet Vollenberg, Founder of Organisation in Design and Founder and Art Director of Ventura Projects, Netherlands

Mike Koedinger, Media Entrepreneur, Luxembourg

Nils-Petter Ekwall, Illustrator, Sweden

Pavel Pavlov, Graphic & Motion Design, Bulgaria

Pekka Toivonen, Artist, Finland

Ravena Hengst, Communication Designer and Founder of Design Democracy, Germany

Robert Eysoldt, Creative Director & Initiator of GIF ME YOUR BEST, Germany

Sigrid Buerstmayr, Designer, Austria

Tenia Menegaki, Owner & Creative Director of APODEC, Greece

Thomas Kronbichler, Graphic Designer, co-founder of Studio Mut, Italy

Timothy Helmer, Graphic Designer & Founder of Creative Network, Belgium

Tomasz Walenta, Graphic Designer & Editorial Illustrator, Poland

Urška Purg, Curator, Head of PR department & International Project Manager at the National Museum of Contemporary History, Slovenia



With a little help from some friends


The European Elections GIF competition was kindly supported by the European Union, DG COM. Many thanks also to MARKENFILM, Hamburg for their financial support and to all the international design schools, initiatives, and institutions who promote this competition in their communities.

The winners!



GIF by Csaba Klement, a Hungarian Illustrator & Animator, based in Budapest, Hungary.




GIF by Bert Beckers, a Dutch Illustrator  & Motion Designer, based in Antwerp, Belgium.




GIF by Miroslav Dimitrov, a Bulgarian Web Designer in e Design, based in Sofia, Bulgaria