We all know public policy is devised for us as citizens – yet often it fails to make sense to the very people it seeks to serve. The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) facilitates collaborations between policy experts and design professionals to produce foldout posters that make complex policy issues more appealing to understand. Making Policy Public aims to make information on policy truly public: accessible, meaningful and shared. At the same time they want to create opportunities for designers to engage social issues without sacrificing experimentation and for advocacy organizations to reach their constituencies better through design.
One campaign, relevant to our current exploration, served arrested youth, another by Candy Chang reached out to street vendors and included information about their rights, avoid fines and make an honest living "Our work grows from a belief that the power of imagination is central to the practice of democracy, and that the work of governing must engage the dreams and visions of citizens." – CUP.
How might strong communication design be used to help inform detainees, their friends, families and supporters about laws, rights and processes in a way which is meaningful and accessible?
[Originally posted during the OpenIDEO i20 Challenge]