I am honored to share that the work of Oxide Design Co. has been featured in an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent that we designed in collaboration with Center for Civic Design were selected as part of the By the people: Designing a better America exhibit.
Starting from a modest Kickstarter project in 2012, the Field Guides have grown from four volumes to 10, covering topics from ballot design to making accessible websites (and more). They’re in use in all 50 United States, and in a couple dozen other countries. If you vote in the U.S., it is likely that your jurisdiction has made improvements in ballot design, voter information, and poll worker tools based on recommendations in the Field Guides. They’ve always been coveted by election officials and designers, and now they’re in the most important design museum in the United States.
An exhibition dedicated to socially responsible design, By the People “examines the United States’ complex and systemic challenges and invites visitors to explore 60 collaborative designs from across the United States that engage the public in efforts to revitalize their communities and improve opportunities.”
I had the distinct pleasure of attending the opening reception for the exhibition. It was an overwhelming feeling to see our work under glass at such a prestigious institution, especially alongside such inspiring work from around the country. (When I attended Cooper Hewitt’s Design for the Other 90% exhibit in 2007, I could never have dreamed my work would be featured in a future iteration of the series.)
If you find yourself in the neighborhood, you should see the show — it runs until 26 Feb 2017 — the projects that are showcased are all impressive.