What we do
We think that usability (and accessibility, plain language and UX design) can save elections and other civic projects.
We organize projects that mobilize user experience professionals to improve the design and usability of elections and other aspects of civic life.
We speak out as public advocates, adding our voice to calls for better accessibility, plain language and design of the information, interactions, and services that we all use.
About the project
Usability in Civic Life is non-partisan and non-profit.
The project was founded in 2001 as the UPA Voting and Usability Project. Recent activities include:
- Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent
- Saving your budget with plain language – IACREOT 2012 keynote
- When the Audience is Citizens – UPA 2012 Workshop
- Occupy CHI! Engaging U.S. Policy Makers - panel at CHI 2012
- More project activities
Usability super heroes
Usability in Civic Life is run by volunteers – usability super heroes – working on short and long-term projects to bring usability and a better experience to the human and technological systems that make up our civic environment.