Press and Media

Rules of Engagement: Design Principles for Civic Dialogue in a Post-Truth Era
A report by FrontEnd/DesignFix with a contribution by Whitney Quesenbery (October 24, 2017)

Why accessibility should be at the center of your work
Hadassah Damien, Participatory Budgeting (June 27, 2017)

Democracy Has a Design Problem
“What exactly do you do when you go to a polling place?”
Whitney Quesenbery, The Atlantic (May 17, 2017)

Center for Civic Design – Case Study
Scout Books  (March 2017)

America Has Its Problems, But Design Can Help Solve Them
Liz Stinson and Margaret Rhodes, WIRED (February 1, 2017)


ParticipationLab Panel: Centering Accessibility in Creating and Choosing Tools
Participatory Budgeting Webinar. Whitney Quesenbery with  Lawrence Grodeska (Civic Makers), Isabel Luciano (Participatory Budgeting Project), Brooks Rubin (Baltimore Algebra Project)(December 12 2016)

Understanding Who Makes Democracy Work: A Call for an Ethnography of our Poll Workers
Emily Herrick, ReBoot (November 14, 2016)

Center for Civic Design Pushes for an easier, standardized ballot
Peter Lawlor, Pasquines (November 7, 2016)

The Art of the Vote: Who Designs the Ballots We Cast?
Dana Chisnell interviewed on NPR
Weekend Edition Sunday, (November 6, 2016)

Ballot Measures Need to Be Written in Plain Language
Whitney Quesenbery and Dana Chisnell
Room for Debate: Why are ballot measures so confusing
New York Times (November 3, 2016)

Rigged by Design: How ballots lose votes
Lisa Wade, PhD, Sociological Images/The Society Pages (November 2, 2016)

Democracy is a Design Problem 
Dana Chisnell at TEDNYC 2016
TEDArchive. (November 1, 2016)

Omaha Company Plays Big Role in Ballot Design
Don Granese. WOWT Channel 6 News (October 31, 2016)

The Election Isn’t Rigged, It’s Just Poorly Designed
Dana Chisnell on Presentable with Jeff Veen (October 28, 2016)

‘RI’ers Can Trust Integrity Of Elections,’ Says Sec. Of State Gorbea Amid Concerns Of Voter Fraud
John Bender. Rhode Island Public Radio (October 27, 2016)

Disenfranchised by Bad Design
Lena Groeger. ProPublica (October 20, 2016)

America desperately needs automatic voter registration
Chris Weller. Business Insider (October 20, 2016)

Preparing For Write-Ins: Advice From The Center On Civic Design
Doug Chapin. Election Academy (October 18, 2016)

11 ways to get more people to vote, according to designers
Dana Varinsky. Business Insider (October 7, 2016)

Designing a Better Ballot: Even small tweaks can have a significant effect on an election 
Adrienne LaFrance. The Atlantic (October 5, 2016)

By the People: Designing a Better America
Cynthia E. Smith, Cooper Hewitt Publications (September 2016)

Why design matters in the context of government
Molly Millette, Core 77, writing about Better World By Design and Dana Chisnell’s presentation about the Anywhere Ballot at Rhode Island School of Design (September 23-25, 2016)

Building a civic engagement toolkit for election officials
Government Innovators Network webinar – Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School with Whitney May, Gerri Kramer, Whitney Quesenbery and Hollie Russon Gilman (September 7, 2016)

Designing for Democracy
Future of California Elections webinar with Gail Pellerin, Ben Hamatake, Allison Denofrio, Whitney Quesenbery and Astrid Garcis Ochoa (August 17, 2016)

Election Toolkit launches: Free and low-cost tech tools will help promote civic engagement nationwide
Whitney May, ElectionlineWeekly, June 16, 2016
Also in Election Academy blog, Doug Chapin, June 17, 2017

Ballot design pro helps prevent election snafus
Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, June 15, 2016

Ballot Design, Looff Hippodrome, Earthquake Preparedness
KCRW’s Design and Architecture, June 7, 2016

Designing Ballots for Tomorrow
Natalie Adona, Democracy Fund, June 6, 2016

Douglas County’s clean, simple ballot is a model for how design can serve democracy
Erin Grace,, May 10, 2016

Cooper Hewitt to present “By the People: Designing a Better America” 
April 2016

Why are Election Ballots So Confusing: Blame Times New Roman … and a bunch of other factors
by Jaime Fuller, MTV News, April 22, 2016


Butterfly Effects: Episode 187
99% Invisible, with Roman Mars, November 1, 2015

Democracy Has a Design Problem. How to Solve It? Write More Clearly
by Katie Wudel, Good, July 29, 2015

The new Knight News Challenge winners want to make voting easier and election data clearer
by Justin Ellis, Nieman Lab, July 22, 2015

Ballot Design Matters. Really.
by Donya Khalili on Indivisible, 2015

Empowering Officials and Informing Voters with Digital Tools: An interview with the Center for Technology and Civic Life
The Democracy Fund, 2015

California Voter Information Guides
by Drew Davies, Oxide Design Co, July 13, 2015

Calif. Bill SB 505 Clears State Senate – Requires Voter Bill of Rights to be Written in Plain Language
Christopher Simmons, California Newswire (May 15, 2015)

Joint Oversight Hearing Statement on Statewide Voter Turnout
Testimony by Jennifer Pae, League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (March 25, 2015)

Inside the Shop – Field Guides
Cassie Robinson, Civic Workshop (February 22, 2015)


The next generation of civic designers: Bringing light into the darkness
by Dana Chisnell, Medium, November 18, 2014

Ballot-Measure Wording Often Unclear, Incomplete
by Hilary Gowins in Huffington Post, August 12, 2014

The Death of the Hanging Chad: How to Build a Better Ballot
by Kristina Dell on, February 24, 2014

Redesigning the Vote
by Jimmy Stamp,, November 6, 2012



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