• Brooklyn  
    project: $5,000  
  • Company
    The Center for Urban Pedagogy  
    Start date
    See Attachment  
    8-10 months  
  • Closing date
    11 July 2019  
    Posted on
    12 June 2019  

Open Call for designers!

CUP (The Center for Urban Pedagogy) is looking for talented designers, visual artists, and other creative workers to collaborate on the 2020 issues of Making Policy Public, our series of fold-out posters that use graphic design to explore and explain complex policies.

We’re looking for visual thinkers with an interest in social justice and policy and who can bring unique visual solutions to the design challenges presented by complex policy issues. Together, we’ll collaborate with community organizations to take on complex issues and break them down into a simple, accessible, visual tool. Past projects have covered topics like navigating public housingunderstanding Title IX, and nail salon workers’ rights, to name a few.

Making Policy Publicprojects are 8-10 month collaborations of CUP, community organizations and design professionals. Designers receive an honorarium of $5,000 for their participation.


Submission Guidelines for Designers:

CUP is looking for skilled designers and visual artists who are interested in working in an intensely collaborative process and in creating accessible visual explanations based on complex information. CUP is committed to good design work that's innovative. We seek designers who are excited to shape content and find creative design solutions to complex policy issues. Designers should be able to incorporate illustration, photography, information design, or other non- typographic solutions into their work. Because of the intensive nature of Making Policy Public collaborations, CUP strongly encourages designers to apply as a team. Interdisciplinary teams (designers, illustrators, photographers, etc.) are also encouraged.

Applicants must be able to attend monthly project meetings in New York City, though you don't need to be based in New York City.


How designers can apply: 

Email the following materials, as a single PDF, to with the subject heading "MPP designer" followed by your last name or studio name. Please do not exceed page limits. Only complete applications will be reviewed. 

Submissions must be received by Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 12 PM Eastern time. 

  1. Letter of interest (one-page maximum), addressing the following: 
  • What interests you about collaborating with CUP and an advocacy group? 
  • What special qualifications do you or your team have? If you are applying as a design team, you may use one application, but address the specific qualifications of each member of your team. 
  • Give examples of past work that demonstrate your qualifications for this collaboration. Projects that reflect an ability to organize complex information or explain processes are especially helpful. 
  • Please let us know where you found out about this open call! 

B. CV or bio, including contact information (email and phone). 

C. Edited portfolio of up to five projects, no more than ten 8.5" x 11" pages. (Additional pages will not be reviewed by the jury). Each page should include descriptions of the project and your role in the design. 


Honoraria, Additional Resources:

+ CUP manages the collaboration, oversees all aspects of production, provides art direction, research, copywriting, and additional support as needed. 

+ Designers will receive an honorarium of $5,000.

+ CUP will publicize the projects and promote them for design awards and press.


Sign up for the CUP mailing list to receive news about the call.

Download the designer submission guidelines here for more information.

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