We make ordinary experiences more positive by redesigning everyday things.
Our process engages those affected by difficult-to-use objects and processes.

We believe design is democratic.
Our design outcomes, tools, and methods are available to anyone under a Creative Commons license.

We bring together a unique set of people with diverse skills.
Our multidisciplinary team is made up of design practitioners, writers, researchers, educators, and students.

We live at UC Davis.
Our work connects with people.


We think that asking simple questions can make things better.

Here are a few we've
been asking.

What if patients could understand the decisions they were making about their own health?

DiPi is helping doctors and patients speak the same language.

Education materials for patient medications can be confusing and overly technical. To aid patient-doctor decision-making, DiPi created an animated video educating patients on opioid use. The video was originally made for UC Davis Health System patients. It is a collaboration between DiPi and clinicians and members of the Opioid Task Force at UCD Medical Center.

A second, more universal version geared toward a wider audience was screened at the Sacramento County Opioid Task Force meeting on October 3. The video is open source and available under a Creative Commons license to share, use, and build upon.

Watch the video
What does the history of democratic design
look like?

Revealing key relationships and changing historical context.

Evolution of Participatory Practices: 5 Disciplines, 50 Years is a multidisciplinary effort between researchers, design practitioners, and graduate students at UC Davis. This interactive timeline and poster project explores pivotal developments and connections in the evolution of participatory practices beginning from the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This summer the project was selected for inclusion in a month-long exhibit at the international Information Everywhere exhibition in Vancouver. As part of the Information+ conference, it was included in an opening reception and exhibition catalog. Ours was one of only three U.S. projects chosen for the exhibit.

See the timeline
What might design thinking and critique-based learning offer students across the disciplines?

Creating opportunities for students outside liberal arts programs to acquire literacy in visual thinking and design.

Information Design: Principles and Practice is a large-enrollment course at UC Davis. It engages students from all disciplines in the critical analysis of visual design strategies for creating clear information graphics and displays. The course attracts a diverse mix of students, sometimes representing over 25 different majors across all four colleges.

This and the Evolution of Participatory Practices project are part of an information design exhibit that traveled to Liechtenstein this summer. The exhibit moves to the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology from October 26 to November 3 as part of World Design Capital (WDC) Taipei 2016 events.

See the project award
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