information design

VISTA Leader East

VISTA Name: 
Billy Brown
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The VISTA Leader East will ensure that all east coast, nationally placed Digital Arts Service Corps members are informed, motivated and connected to each other and the broader public media field. The VISTA will also assist in the redesign and development of a new Digital Arts Service Corps website and Transmission Project website, create data visualization for graphics demonstrating the Transmission Project’s 10 year history, and design swag and other promotional materials.

Website and Database Building

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Rebecca White
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Goal 1: Increase the capacity of rural communities and the organizations that serve them to utlize new information technologies for community development endeavors.

Goal 2: Assist in maintaining and improving on organization’s technology capacity

Goal 3: Develop and maintain a housing policy clearinghouse and searchable database for communities and community based organizations that are looking to adopt policies that will increase the stock of decent affordable housing.

Project Outcome: 

In February Cal Rural Housing completed working on a 3 month project with Fresno County Community Development Division in which we provided technical assistance in developing an electronic database to track their CDBG expenditures. The County had never tracked these expenditures other then in a word document. Rebecca inputted the information we obtained in a word document into Excel, analyzed, charted and developed maps for the department. We then provided maps for a presentation to the Board of Supervisors that shows expenditures by community and by district (attached). The County should now be able to more easily track Federal funding using this database and produce charts and map in a more timely fashion. Rebecca spent a majority of her time revamping our website and upgrading our Rural Toolbox. She upgraded our old site using Drupal and developed a searchable database of more than 130 California Inclusionary Housing programs, the first of its kind in the US. The database provides summaries of characteristics for each policy. Users are able to search for these summaries by jurisdiction name or by more than 30 other variables. Rebecca also developed an introductory tutorial on using open-source desktop GIS (MapWindow) that can be used as either a GIS viewer or an advanced should be live by August-September.

Pangea Foundation

San Diego, CA

As the nonprofit leader in SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) impact measurement and reporting services, Pangea Foundation equips impact-driven nonprofits across America with easy-to-learn and easy-to-use Web-based Software-as-a-Service that lets organizations clearly visualize and effortlessly communicate the impact of their programs. We fuse your live data with sophisticated visual analytics to give you Impact Reports that pack more punch, eliminate ambiguity, and make you look professional.

Healthy City Site Audit


An informative and in-depth look at corps member Caitlin Flint’s audit of Healthy City’s website.

Transmission Project