Role: Interaction Designer
Timeline: 4 Months
In comparison to other major metro areas in the US, Miami has low levels of political participation. This includes lower rates of attending public meetings and contacting public officials according to data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey. How can we improve community engagement? The City of Miami Lakes offers an accessible alternative to civic activities using remote video testimony. Applying this technology and making it accessible to the City of Miami would greatly improve Miami residents involvement in local politics. In collaboration with Civic Pro, I prototyped the physical and digital design of engagement kiosks which are meant to be dispersed throughout the city to proactively encourage everyday residents to send comments to local officials.
While doing research on the history of design in Miami, I found that Surrounded Islands remains a quintessential Miami icon. In reference to the landmark installation, the City of Miami kiosks boldly display the saturated palette of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
LITTLE HAVANA KIOSK
When designing the kiosk for Little Havana, I wanted to include a visual language residents would be familiar with. Perhaps the most recognizable mascot is the rooster. Alongside the rooster, I noticed cafeteras, specifically cafecitos, were a sought after activity both from tourists and locals alike.
LITTLE HAITI KIOSK
Little Haiti is known for its Haitian architecture, including bright colors and decorative trim. Because of it’s striking unique look, the Little Haiti kiosk reflects the central block of the neighborhood filled with pastel storefronts.
The Wynwood Building embodies all that is Miami’s fastest growing neighborhood: dynamism and contemporary art. It’s bold black and white patterning is applied to the Wynwood Kiosks in a manner that is true to the neighborhoods image and catches the attention of locals.
KIOSK DESIGN | EXTERIOR
The research conducted on neighborhood icons was then used to create distinctive patterns that represented their respective communities. Shown here, each pattern is laid out over four panels that could easily be applied to the standard Civic Pro Kiosk design: the Soapbox. With space for a user interface used for video recording, each kiosk features a unique design.