Karla Macedo2011 Fellow

Karla Macedo is a graphic designer with a deep interest in design that helps create positive social impact. Karla is looking to refine her skills as she transitions to web work. During her time at Code for America she helped organize the Iconathon, a series of events that helped create the first-ever civic symbol suite. As a native Spanish speaker she understands the importance of bridging communication barriers through design. Karla also helped redesign and conceptualize the branding for Bostonavigator, Discover BPS, Wheres My School Bus, Building Boston, Boston Public Schools, and Boston Public Works. She hopes to continue to use design to bring communities together, tell stories, and inform.

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My Summit Experience: Karla Macedo

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Just over a week ago Code for America hosted its first-ever Summit at SPUR. We spent two days going over all that we’ve learned and all that we’ve built. Gov 2.0 buzz words such as platform, participatory, data-driven decision making, …

Civic Symbol Suite: 40 New Icons for the Public Domain!

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In late June, prompted by an idea from fellow Chach Sikes, Matt Lewis wrote a stirring love letter titled, “Code for America loves you!” This was directed to Noun Project, an online repository of public domain icons, because just about …

Reflecting on the Iconathons

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As the world watches over the city that never sleeps, I too find myself sleepless — even after such a productive day — on the eve of the 10 year mark of September 11th. So I get out of bed …

The EDU Iconathon: Boston

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This Saturday, Code for America will be hosting another Iconathon with the City of Boston! Held in collaboration with The Noun Project, Boston’s event will focus on designing new icons for Education: schools, buses, books, pencils — anything we can think …

Designers: Consider the Icon

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As designers and visual communicators, we should do better to consciously recognize the communicative value of icons and symbols. Designers are a curious breed of people: we are creators, inquisitive leaders, thinkers, and ponderers of how we can spark change …

Happy Flag Day!

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Today, we celebrate the strands of our history that made us red, white, and blue, Betsy Ross’s iconic work: Old Glory. Today is Flag Day. As it abundantly obvious, we at Code for America are big fans. (Just look at …

Bostonavigator Redesign

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While in Boston, we experienced firsthand the rich cultural opportunities available throughout the city, ranging from historical buildings and landmarks to libraries and museums. We also learned that the City of Boston works passionately and diligently to promote those activities …

What I Learned from Urban Planners

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APA’s 2011 National Planning Conference drew more than 5,000 planners, officials, and citizens to Boston from April 9 – 12, 2011. The four-day conference addressed the many challenges cities across the United States are faced with today as well as …

Karla Macedo: Why I’m Coding for America

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My dream job is this. A chance to work for something greater than myself. A chance to really work on something worthwhile and meaningful, something that will benefit more than a few shareholders. I want to work in a team …