Democracy is a design problem.

Our work in civic design includes research, practical projects, knowledge sharing through training, and advocacy.

Our goal for elections can be summed up as: Ensuring voter intent through design.

We believe that our skills in usability, information design, and plain language can help. We:

  • Conduct research to understand how to create effective civic information.
  • Develop tools and best practices for local government officials .
  • Partner with officials and other advocacy groups to share what we learn
  • Publish the Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent

Who we are

The Center is led by co-directors, Dana Chisnell and Whitney Quesenbery.

We work with a team of amazing researchers and designers around the country


Civic Designing

Our newsletter, Civic Designing sends practical tips and interesting research findings about how to ensure voter intent and make elections better through design to your mailbox.

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Join the Civic Design Irregulars

Sometimes we need extra help on a project, from running flash usability tests to collecting data on local election information. When this happens, we turn to our extended community.

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Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you.

Email: hello@civicdesign.org
Phone:  410-921-6811
Twitter: @civicdesign


The Center for Civic Design is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational research organization, registered in Maryland. Our Federal EIN is 46-3535619. Information about our governance or financial reporting is available on request.

5443 Tates Bank Road, Cambridge, MD 21613
Business office: 78 Washington Avenue, High Bridge, NJ 08829