Session type:

Case Study

Presented by:

Anne H. Berry

Cleveland State University

Sarah Edmands Martin

University of Notre Dame

Session time:

18 Sep 14:00 15:00

Session duration:

60 minutes

About the session

The 2016 United States presidential election had a disastrous effect on civic engagement and the preservation of so-called “democratic norms.” Subsequent election cycles and the January 6, 2021 insurrection reflect how the anti-democratic seeds planted in the run-up to Donald J. Trump’s rise to the presidency have taken root and continue to grow.

In this case study, consequently, we discuss the co-creation of a travelling exhibition, Ongoing Matter: Democracy, Design, and the Mueller Report as a design strategy to facilitate increased public engagement with factually dense documents - such as government reports and records - necessary to the health of democratic societies.

As we will demonstrate, a multimedia experience broadens opportunities for interaction and engagement with information crucial to the public interest.

Participant takeaways:

  • Examples of U.S. government failures in communicating with/to the public, including the Mueller Report
  • Identify barriers that lead to public disengagement or lack of engagement with dense, institutional documents
  • Examples of multimedia design interventions that successfully increase interest in and engagement with dense, institutional documents as well as social and political issues.

Design, Democracy, Government documents, Civic participation, Misinformation, Disinformation

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