An All New All About Redistricting

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Client:   Loyola Law School

About a decade ago, Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt built his website All About Redistricting. Levitt, a nationally known scholar on constitutional law and redistricting, populated the site with an unrivaled depth of information about legal cases, laws, and processes of legislative redistricting at the state house, state senate, and congressional levels. As the 2020 cycle approached, he knew his website needed a major upgrade. He'd seen our work on PlanScore, and engaged GreenInfo to do a full site redesign and build.

We started with a range of user interviews with journalists, advocates, and lawyers, who make up the key audiences who use All About Redistricting in their work. Base don our findings from those interviews, plus an inventory of the existing site — and Justin's deep and ongoing collaboration — we developed an elegant, modern, and simple site design, with a modular architecture that prizes both accessibility and easy reuse of components in different parts of the site.

The heart of the site are the state pages and the cases section. The fifty state pages provide an overview of the current status, a list of recent updates, and a deep dive into current and past district maps, as well as a detailed explanation of the policies and practices in that state. We also list and link to the relevant court cases for that state. Those cases in turn form a searchable database of case law, and then each case page in turn presents a full annotated history of the legal documents for each case, as well as interactive versions of any relevant district maps that were part of the litigation.

We built the application entirely in Wordpress, giving Justin full control over content, with a CSV component to drive the data for the State Pages. We also have a fully documented process for Justin or his team to process and simplify spatial files for district maps (thanks, MapShaper.org!). Justin wrote his original site in PHP, himself, so we also were happy to have the site hosted on Pantheon.io's Wordpress service, which provides an excellent environment for collaborative development, backups, and version control.

Focus:   Government Agencies, Social Justice/Equity  

Services:  Interactive Solutions, Applications Development, Website Design 

Project Years: 2020

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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