Making Policy Public
June 25
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

Current Collaborators, 2017

The Asylum Process – Beginning to End – for Asylum Seekers
Designer: Isometric
Advocate: The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT)

Public Utility Regulation for the Common Good
Designer: Hanna Kim
Advocate: Public Utility Law Project (PULP)

Combatting Indoor Air Pollution at Home
Designer: Melissa Gorman
Advocate: WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Community Solutions to Youthful Misbehavior
Designers: Lum + Louie
Advocate: Community Connections for Youth (CCFY)


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The Asylum Process – Beginning to End – for Asylum Seekers
Public Utility Regulation for the Common Good
Combatting Indoor Air Pollution at Home
Community Solutions to Youthful Misbehavior


Isometric is a visual identity and graphic design consultancy based in New York City. We collaborate with cultural institutions, businesses, and nonprofits to reinvent the way they present themselves visually and strategically. In so doing, we position our clients as leaders within their sectors. Our more well-known clients include the US Agency for International Development, Anthem Health Insurance, Princeton University, Soros Fellowships for New Americans, and Columbia Business School. We also work with a variety of organizations who represent marginalized and underserved populations, including civilians in zones of conflict, youth participating in American circus, and the beneficiaries of a chlorine dispenser program in Kenya and Uganda. We believe in design that transcends existing expectations by challenging cliches and stereotypes in visual culture.

The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT)

The Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT) provides comprehensive medical, mental health, social and legal services to survivors of torture and war trauma, and their families. They assist survivors in rebuilding healthy, independent lives, and contribute to global efforts to end torture.

Hanna Kim

Hanna Kim is an artist and designer who is interested in building a mistake-friendly choice architecture through data-driven and empathetic communication. By helping others understand complex or abstract information through illustrations, diagrams, maps, and systems, she strives for a more beautiful, just, and coherent world.

Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP)

The Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) is a nonprofit organization that has advocated for universal service, affordability, and customer protections for New York State utility consumers since 1981. PULP crafted the Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA), which was enacted in 1981 and is known as the “Utility Consumers’ Bill of Rights.” PULP also pioneered New York’s first discount gas rate program for low-income ratepayers in 1993, and they continue to advocate for expanded low-income rates with all of the State’s major energy utilities, telecommunications utilities (including cable companies), and water utilities.

Melissa Gorman

Melissa Gorman is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer and illustrator. Her practice encompasses a diverse range of both client and self-driven projects – touching on the arts, tech, hospitality, food, and advocacy. In addition to her design practice, in 2012 Melissa opened a restaurant and managed its day-to-day operations. This experience gave her a deeper understanding of the role of design in almost everything we do, and how a good design solution from one point of view might now work as well for another. Now returning to her role as a full-time designer, she enjoys eating at restaurants more than running one – but can't help analyzing their systems and design flow. She holds an MFA in Design from SVA and was an inaugaral design fellow in CUP's Public Access Design program.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

WE ACT for Environmental Justice builds healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. 

Kim Lum

Kim is a designer based in Queens, with a focus on editorial design. She works to make stories and complex bodies of information compelling through illustration and art direction. She hopes to constructively engage people and their communities through design that is cogent, useful, and colorful.

Jeff Louie

Jeff Louie is a designer and illustrator working in New York City. He is excited to collaborate on community projects that merge design thinking with solutions that empower local residents. Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the City College of New York.

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY)

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) is a Bronx-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower faith and neighborhood-based organizations to develop community-driven alternatives to youth incarceration. CCFY believes that by empowering parents and families to advocate for themselves and others, and providing training and technical support to community-based organizations and systems stakeholders, we can create opportunities for young people to remain in and be supported by their communities, and deter future involvement with the juvenile justice system.