FILMMAKING & UI DESIGN
Platform for engaging city residents in local decision-making
Skills used: Mobile & Desktop prototyping
Cities are filled with residents who are passionate about their neighborhoods, but they aren't the decision-makers. The current channels for resident participation are contacting a local official, attending town hall meetings, or protesting at city hall. There must be a more convenient and effective way for residents to engage in local decision-making!
Bridging the Gap
MyCity was designed to provide a convenient and intuitive channel for the voices of residents to be heard regarding local decisions. Furthermore, it provides local officials an convenient way to get a pulse on their constituents and better represent them. As a bonus, it also increases the transparency and accountability of politicians' actions.
How It Works
For local residents, questions would appear at the end of news articles about local decisions, providing real-time information and prompting a response.
Local residents could also visit an online profile where they could see the current decisions to be made and weigh in on them.
To further increase engagement, temporary kiosks would be placed at relevant locations, allowing residents to even see future plans via augmented reality.
This short video illustrates a possible scenario around the decision of turning a defunct hospital site into luxury apartments. It was my first time using Adobe After Effects, so some scenes are rough around the edges, but they adequately communicate my vision. I hope you enjoy!
While my drawing skills leave much to be desired, these sketches did a serviceable job of laying out my ideas for each scene, as well as the progression of the whole story. You'll actually see a lot of the framing in these sketches in the final video!
I enjoy filming because it's an effective way to communicate ideas. Videos not only make abstract concepts tangible, they convey emotion and identity in ways that text and images cannot.