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The Move: Promoting Civic Engagement through Design and Social Media


Term:

Spring

Department:

11: Urban Studies and Planning

Faculty Supervisor:

Ceasar McDowell

Faculty email:

ceasar@mit.edu

Apply by:

02/20/2020

Contact:

Julia Curbera: jcurbera@mit.edu

Project Description

Project Description: The Move is a movement that aims to provide a collaborative learning and exchange platform for researchers, leaders, academics, and politicians, as well as artists, community organizers, and ordinary citizens who are seeking to facilitate real civic engagement in our democracy. We produce weekly podcasts and blog content on our website, TheMove.mit.edu, to bring together the perspectives of people of all backgrounds who are seeking to facilitate real civic engagement in today’s democracies. We also participate in workshops, events, and conferences, where we share various tools that we research, prototype, and develop based on Professor Ceasar McDowell’s Civic Design Framework, in order to support community engagement practitioners of all backgrounds in their practice. Position Description: The Move is in search of a graphic designer/design researcher who will help our staff develop new printed and web-based tools and visualizations for a larger audience to understand, interact with, and reflect on their practice with Professor McDowell’s Civic Design Framework. Specific responsibilities will include: 1. Working with The Move staff to research and brainstorm both printed and web-based tools related to the Civic Design Framework. 2. Developing and prototyping web-based tools on The Move’s Medium and MIT Open Learning platforms 3. Designing, creating, and preparing printed materials and tools for workshops, conferences, and events attended/hosted by The Move. 4. Providing general and technical support in the use and implementation of printed/web-based tools

Pre-requisites

1. A passion for community/civic engagement, public facilitation, art, and design; work/volunteer experience or personal practice in any of these areas a big plus. 2. Advanced graphic design skills including the following competencies a. Excellent visual communication skills b. Fluency with Adobe CS - Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign a must, Premiere and AfterEffects a plus. c. Experience with layout design, typographic design, general print design. 3. Experience and knowledge coding web-based interactive data visualization interfaces using D3, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.