Chicago Crowdsources a Superior Transit App

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan discusses the launch of Designing Chicago, an "unusual" Kickstarter campaign intended to utilize the brains and wallets of the city's residents to create an app covering the city’s various systems of public transportation.

Launched last week with a large and energetic gathering at the Logan Square office of George and Sara Aye, the founders of a design agency focused on social change called Greater Good Studio, Designing Chicago is a "a testing ground" for changing "the way citizens and designers engage in civic government," writes Campbell-Dollaghan. 

"'Chicago is a hotbed of civic tech,' explains George, who spent seven years at Ideo before taking a job as lead designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. 'We've got an amazing system, real-time data, and an active tech community. All we needed to do was put it all together.'"

If Designing Chicago gets funded, George and Sara plan to organize their supporters into teams of "Scouts", responsible for gathering ideas and information and "Icons," who "will analyze the data generated by Scouts and work closely with the designers to develop the app itself."

"It's an unusual proposal," notes Campbell-Dollaghan, "but the Ayes explain that rather than being an epic design-by-committee nightmare, they're inventing new frameworks for citizens to contribute. 'We're trying to develop a more nuanced way to engage the public, in scripted, tailored, teacherly ways.'"

Full Story: Can Chicagoans Design The Perfect Transit App?

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
$19.00