About

We believe that democracy is a design problem.

Our work in civic design includes research, practical projects, and knowledge sharing through training, and advocacy. We believe that our skills in usability, design, accessibility, and plain language to projects with government and civic organizations.  We…

Our approach is collaborative, bringing together stakeholders from voters to election administrators to improve election and civic engagement.

Although much of the Center’s work has focused on elections, we have a larger interest in civic design and how everyday people interact with social and government processes.

Because we love collaborating with other groups doing great civic work, we have proudly served on advisory boards for the Center for Technology and Civic Life, the Los Angeles County VSAP project,  Participatory Budgeting Project, U.S. Vote Foundation, and Vote.org.

The Center for Civic Design is also part of the Bridge Alliance.

Our team

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

The amazing team of researchers and designers includes Colin MacArthur,  Maggie Ollove and Taapsi Ramchandani along with the gang at Oxide Design, and other partners.

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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