As an individual class project, I conducted ethnographic field research using deep description to understand factors contributing to voter suppression. My observation sites included attending poll monitor training, collecting social media posts regarding voting, and visiting poll sites on Election Day.

I summarized and sorted the main concepts from my observations to highlight common concerns, such as electioneering. I synthesized my observations to develop design criteria for designers creating resources for the population of Georgia voters. Based on these insights and my observations, I developed design guidelines for designers and developers. I used these guidelines to inform my own prototype.

The prototype is an application that would allow voters to report issues that might contribute to voter suppression and could be used by voting advocacy organizations to collect useful data.
Many thin strips of white paper each with typed words cut out and grouped on green construction paper with handwritten labels by each group

Video of interactive prototype

Read full report, including guidelines and process pictures.