Welcome to Public
Public Access Design is CUP’s new series of multimedia projects that use design to make complex urban issues accessible to the New Yorkers most affected by them.
Public Access Design projects are short, intensive collaborations ofCUP, an artist or designer, and a community organization that is working to break down a complex policy or planning issue that affects its constituents. The collaboration results in a visual tool that meets an advocate’s organizing needs as they arise—getting information directly to communities where they are, and when they most need it.
The goal is to put more, and more kinds, of powerful visual tools in the hands of people working on critical social justice issues.
This year’s Fellowship will run from July 2013 to June 2014. We’ll begin a new project with an advocate and a Design Fellow approximately every two months over the course of the Fellowship.
- Quality of design work presented, particularly as it relates to the designer’s selected media formats
- Does the designer’s approach lend itself to the challenges of design for social change?
- Does the designer’s work show an ability to organize complex information?
- Is the designer interested in a deeply collaborative process?
- Does the designer seem capable of producing original, inventive work that will also meet the needs of his or her collaborators?
- Is the designer invested enough in the process and goals to produce exceptional work, given the timetable and funding?
The jury will evaluate your application based on the following criteria
- Is the topic clearly articulated?
- Does the project address a social justice issue?
- Would the topic clearly benefit from visual explanation?
- Is there a credible distribution plan and a clear constituency with a need for the tool?
- Is the project tied to a larger effort or organizing campaign around this issue?
- Would the final product engage and educate a larger public?
- Is the issue bounded enough to work within the Public Access Design time frame and format options?
- Does the advocate have the capacity to participate in the program?
- Does the advocate have sufficient expertise in the topic?