Posts in Category "Design for America"

August 31, 2010

D4A Winner Profile: Visualization of Recovery.gov Data

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The winning entry for the Design for America Visualization of Recovery.gov data category was a collaboration between members of the statistical graphics working group in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University.  The team created a website that analyzes the America Recovery And Reinvestment Act, specifically who is getting the funds, who is giving the funds, what the funds are being spent on and other relevant information.  For more details on the site, why the team chose the category and challenges they faced, check out the video below.

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August 19, 2010

D4A Winner Profile: Visualizing Community Health Data

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Forum One Communications delivered the winning entry in Design for America’s (D4A) Visualizing Community Health Data category.  The site, countysinrankings.org allows visitors to discover and compare their county’s health data to other counties by relating statistics to the 7 deadly sins.  The entry was one of the more entertaining and humorous of the D4A submissions.  For more details on how Forum One approached this project, take a look at the video below.

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August 3, 2010

D4A Winner Profile: Visualization of Data from USASpending.gov

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Pitch Interactive ‘s submission was one of two tying winners of Sunlight Labs’ Design For America contest in the Visualization of Data from the Federal Budget and/or USASpending.gov category. Wesley Grubbs provides some insight into why Pitch Interactive entered the contest and their thinking behind the winning entry. Check out the Q & A below.

Q: Why did you decide to enter the Design for America contest?

A: We have a lot of respect for the Sunlight Foundation and their efforts in helping people better understand Government data that is increasingly becoming more open and complex. Our work uses visual metaphors and design theory in an attempt to captivate an audience and tell a story. This contest focused on exploring new ways to explore data focusing on design and artistic talents and we saw this as a great opportunity for us.

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July 19, 2010

D4A Winner Profile: Redesign of a .Gov Website

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A Good Company was selected as the winner of Sunlight Labs’ Design For America contest in the Redesign of a .Gov Website category. The designers tackled the Internal Revenue Service site. Take a look at the current IRS.gov site and compare it to the redesigned site created by the two designers, Micah and Caroline. Pretty amazing transformation!

For insight into why the designers chose IRS and their thinking behind the redesign, check out the two videos below.

Part 1

Part 2

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July 15, 2010

D4A Winner Profile: Data Visualization of Sunlight Community Data

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Matt McKenna and Eddie Elliott created WhoPaidThem.com, one of the two entries that tied for winner of Sunlight Labs’ Design for America contest in the Data Visualization of Sunlight Community Data category.

WhoPaidThem aims to challenge our individual and collective preconceptions about political funding through a series of interactive graphics. To hear more about the winning entry, check out Matt’s short video below.

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June 9, 2010

D4A Winner Profile: Visualization of Congressional Rules/Floor Procedures

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Mark Luckie’s Guide to the U.S. Senate Floor Procedures was one of the winners of Sunlight Labs’ Design for America contest. Mark’s challenge was to take something really complex and make it simple and easy to understand. The result is a clear and innovative depiction of what goes on each day in the U.S. Capitol.

In order to make the visualization shareable and portable, he also created mobile and PDF versions.

Hear Mark talk about his project in the video below and for more on Mark and what he does, be sure to check out 10,000 words or follow him on twitter at @10000Words.

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May 25, 2010

Design for America Winners

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Back in March, Sunlight
Labs
kicked off Design for
America
– a contest meant to showcase the critical role of design in making government more engaging.
Today, the winners were announced at the Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington DC.  Congratulations to the winners! 

Quick roundup of the winners [PDF]

Video of full presentation of winners:

To see the winning entries in more detail, follow the links below.

  • Data Visualization of Sunlight Community Data: TIE
Cool Kids at the White House

Who Paid Them

  • Visualization of Data from the Federal Budget and/or USASpending.gov: TIE
2009 Federal Spending by Contracting Agency

Is Washington Bankrupting America?
 

For more design ideas, be sure to check out all of the entries at Sunlight Labs

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March 18, 2010

Design For America

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Calling all designers and developers!

A little over a year ago, President Obama’s Open Government Initiative unleashed a movement to make government more transparent, participatory and collaborative. Government agencies have responded and made a wealth of data available, with more to come. But sometimes constituents need more than pure data. They want information that is relevant to them. There are many agencies who offer information in usable and engaging formats, but even more who could use some models of how to better present information.

Last week, Sunlight Labs kicked off Design for America – a contest with the sole purpose of reaching out to the designer and developer community to help make government more engaging. Adobe is proud to be the platinum sponsor of the event.

Design for America consists of seven categories ranging from data visualization to redesigning a .gov website. Each category carries a $5000 prize for the winner. Finalists will be showcased and winners will be announced at the Gov 2.0 Expo in May. For contest details, entry requirements, and eligibility limitations, please check out the contest site.

Get creative and show government the value of innovative design!

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