Sylvia Harris,
design planner

Sylvia Harris is a design strategist devoted to removing the barriers to participation in civic life. She helps the U.S. government and institutions develop websites, environmental signage and instructional publications that are responsive to the needs of everyday people. She was the lead design strategist for the redesign of the 2000 National Census and is currently a design critic at the Yale University School of Art. Harris coauthored the 1992 presidential round table report, "America by Design."

Five Public Projects in Search of a Designer
The public realm wants you! Supported by stories of her own experiences with the redesign of the 2000 National Census forms and other governmental and institutional websites, environmental signage and instructional publications that are responsive to the needs of everyday people, Sylvia Harris will explore how design can be an agent of change in a participatory democracy. A design strategist devoted to removing the barriers to participation in civic life, Harris will show that we don't have to go far to become design heroes. We just have to look around our own communities to find important projects in desperate need of design. Join her for a visual journey through our everyday environment and identify the places where design can make a difference.

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