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.

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

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