Design for Civic Good: A Stomping Good Time

If you are a design nerd in Austin, I hope you made it over to the Design for Civic Good event hosted by Impact Hub last night. This Austin Design Week event was toe-curlingly lovely for those of us who want to use design and technology to improve public services and civic life in general. Speakers from the city of Austin and Austin Tech Alliance delivered a nice mix of broad overviews and deep dives into accessibility, design thinking’s place in Austin’s government, the top ten civic design organizations around the world (shout out to my favorite, UK Digital Service), and moving fast to create an app to better inform Austin voters in advance of our most recent midterm election.

A photo of speakers from the City of Austin and the Austin Tech Alliance speaking to their experiences designing for the public
Speakers from the City of Austin and the Austin Tech Alliance spoke to their experiences designing for the public

Drawing many joyous whoops from the crowd, they laid out a convincing argument for the importance and feasibility of incorporating the design process into government at every level, from form design all the way up to remaking the rules of elections.

If you missed the event, there are consolation prizes: the designers at the City of Austin do some great blogging, and the Austin Tech Alliance news feed isn’t too shabby either. They’re worth checking out.