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.

Who we are

The Center is led by co-directors, Dana Chisnell and Whitney Quesenbery, working with a team of amazing researchers and designers.

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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