Current Design Fellows
- Tanya Bhandari
- Sean Kuhnke
- Jade Broomfield
- Kristen Myers
- Leah Garlock
- Kyle Richardson
- Judith Siegel
- Teresa Miro
- Miles Barretto
The Public Access Design program is open to New York City-based community organizations and advocacy groups working on complex policy or planning issues that need visual explanations.
Applicants should propose topics that relate to their ongoing advocacy or education efforts, and have a credible plan for distributing the completed project to their target audience. Applicants are also encouraged to have access to the target audience for feedback during the design process.
The project team will then collaborate to produce a final product over the next four to five months. Advocacy partners should expect to participate in regular meetings during the project period, and to provide the background information for the project.
Organizers can choose the media format that best meets their needs from four options, each designed to be easily completed within the four- to five-month project time frame. The formats offered this year are:
A pocket-size print graphic that unfolds to 11.5" × 21"
A thirty-second to three-minute animation or motion graphic
A 3½" × 5½" four- to eight-page print publication
A web-based interactive graphic
Please note: CUP is not accepting applications for Frames projects right now.
CUP manages the collaborative process, provides production costs, and helps staff each project with additional design support, research, and writing as needed.
Advocates have the right to use completed projects in their outreach efforts and republish the work (at cost) in perpetuity. For print-based projects, advocates will receive 1,000 copies of the print materials to distribute directly to their constituents, and have the opportunity to print additional copies at cost at the time of printing.
We seek community organizations and advocacy groups with a complex social justice issue that would benefit from a visual explanation, and an interest in working collaboratively to produce a visual tool.
Strong applicants will have firsthand knowledge of the project topic, access to and a relationship with the constituency affected by that topic, and the capacity to participate in regular meetings and provide feedback throughout the process. Proposed topics should be bounded enough to work within the Public Access Design time frame and format options.
The jury will use the following criteria to evaluate project proposals:
What is a good size scope for a Public Access Design project?
For example, a proposal about the rights of rent-regulated tenants would be a better fit for Making Policy Public, whereas a proposal about what should be on your lease if you are a rent-regulated tenant would be a good fit for a Public Access Design. See examples of current and past Public Access Design projects here.
Can we apply to Public Access Design to create campaign materials or promotional materials for our organization?
Can our project visualize proposed legislation?
Can we submit more than one application?
If our application is not chosen, can we apply again?
After that, organizations are welcome to apply again. Please review the selection criteria upon reapplying to better understand what makes for a strong application.
Should I apply to Making Policy Public or to Public Access Design?
In addition, Public Access Design projects are limited to New York City-based organizations and constituencies. Making Policy Public is open to local as well as national and out-of-state issues (although we look for partners that can attend meetings locally).
Making Policy Public uses a single format – an 8” x 11” pamphlet that unfolds three times to a 32” x 22” poster. Public Access Design projects can take the form of a booklet, a motion graphic, an interactive graphic, or a fold-out. You may choose which program to apply to based on the format most appropriate to your program.
CUP accepts applications from community organizations and advocacy groups for the Making Policy Public program once a year. The next call for applications to Making Policy Public will open in late Spring 2016. Public Access Design applications are accepted about every four months.
If neither of these programs seems like the right fit but you still would like to work with CUP, you can hire us through our Technical Assistance program.
We are currently working with CUP through one of CUP’s other Community Education programs. May we apply to Public Access Design?