Current Design Fellows
- Jenny Kutnow
- Melissa Gorman
- Nicole Pivirotto
- Raj Kottamasu
- Ariel Kennan
- Lauren Dellaquila
- Caroline Oh
- Petra Farinha
Just as public access television puts the means of communication in the hands of communities, CUP’s Public Access Design program puts the power of design in the hands of community organizers and advocates.
Public Access Design projects result in visual tools that go directly to communities whose access to information, or lack thereof, can have major consequences for their health, livelihood, and well-being. These tools help ordinary residents of the city better understand and participate in democratic processes, creating real social change.
Phase 1: Call for designers
Phase 2: Call for project proposals
Phase 3: Pairing a project with a Fellow
Phase 4: Collaborate
Phase 5: Produce and disseminate
Collaborators can choose from four media formats, each designed to work with partner organizations’ needs and to be easily completed within the short project time frame. Currently, the options are:
A pocket-size print graphic that unfolds to 11.5" × 21"
A 30- to 60-second animation or motion graphic
A four- to eight-page print publication
A web-based interactive graphic
CUP welcomes applications from community organizations and advocacy groups who have a pressing issue that is affecting their constituency and that would benefit from a visual explanation. Advocates can find out more about the program here.
CUP welcomes applications from artists and designers from a variety of disciplines who are interested in applying their skills to collaborative projects that use innovative design to contribute to social change. Designers participate in the program through CUP’s Public Access Design Fellowship. Designers can find out more about the program here.