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

You can read our press and media coverage, or see our list of journal articles and other publications.

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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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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