Technology’s ripple effects
It’s easy to focus on improving that which has come before. But what possibilities might this perspective preclude? The articles comprising our third issue seek a qualitative change, sketching answers that are as unique as the questions from which they originate.
“Digital natives” want change. What’s the best way to bridge the gap between the present we have and the future we want?
Designers has always concerned ourselves with both possibility and compromise. How can we create spaces that allow others to do the same?
Designing with, not for
Inspired by themes heard during the Code for America summit, the second issue of Civic Quarterly asks how citizen experience designers might better faciliate interactions that are simultaneously more humane and less isolating.
Every civic technology uses a unique metric to prove its value, but what metrics transcend individual projects? What elements should we measure regardless of the technologies under consideration?
Open data is not enough. Usable interfaces are not enough. In order to engage citizens as active participants in the co-creation of their government, civic designers must build community.
Both private- and public-sector organizations are using design thinking to solve increasingly complex problems. How might they make their design processes more accessible to a wider audience?
Starting a new conversation
The first issue of Civic Quarterly was inspired by the 2014 Code for America Fellows’ year-long engagements with cities and governments across the United States. We shared stories of success and failure that resonated beyond our individual experiences.
Field notes offer unique perspectives from the front lines of government. Hear from contributors sharing the byproducts of their work.
Forms & function
Forms are everywhere. We use them to sign up for food stamps, to pay our taxes and to vote. But they’re often poorly designed. We’re laying out a path to designing them better.