Starts: 14-May-09 10:23 p.m. GMT

Ends: 13-Jun-09 10:23 p.m. GMT


Award 1: $600

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We are looking for a talented designer to create a compelling and manageable visual presence for Duke University's Online Discourse website along with a user-friendly interface.

The Duke Online Discourse Project Website

The Duke Online Discourse website will serve the public and private needs of its participants as the project works towards serving the greater online community. The site, implemented through Ning at, will function as a clearinghouse of information about the project to the general public. It will contain a repository of publications crucial to an understanding of online discourse. The site will be used to publicize events and publications related to the project. The discourse project site will also provide internal participants with electronic forums while facilitating collaboration on research and publication documents.

Your Design

We are looking for talented designers or would-be-designers to create an effective visual and interactive presence for our Ning-based site. We are specifically seeking a fully functional and reusable Ning skin that incorporates a look and feel for the project. The skin must demonstrate a look for the site that includes fully functional interactive elements (links, menus, etc.). It must make effective use of visual elements, including carefully selected images, graphics, fonts, colors, layout, and interactive menus. Innovative use of multidocument data visualization interface elements is encouraged. Surprise us. Show us what you think this project means.

About the Duke Online Discourse Project: Free Speech, Civility and Accountability

The right to free speech is codified both nationally and internationally. It is a part of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as national constitutions. Under these conditions, people have the right to say what they want and, in some circumstances, also have the right to receive the information they want. There is no question that the Internet has encouraged this type of expression. Most interpretations of free speech rights are tempered by the understanding that there are times when it can - and should - be constrained. In the 1919 ruling Schenk v. United States, US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said free speech would not protect someone from "falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic."

The Duke Online Discourse project is creating a full research agenda from as many different perspectives as possible in order to identify leading questions regarding the tensions between online speech, civility, and accountability on the Internet. The Project will work with policy makers, academics, and public authorities to generate research findings utilizing a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Sociology, law, politics and policy, linguistics, languages, media and journalism, literature, business, cultural studies, and visual studies, are a few of the core fields involved in the project.

In order to identify core challenges and research results, the Duke Online Discourse project will host a series of talks, design and commission research projects, and produce a book on the topic. The project's members and board of advisors number among some of the most influential thinkers in the world. These participants span a wide array of fields, disciplines, and pursuits, from influential corporate leaders to legal scholars, historians, economists, computer scientists, ethicists, political scientists and even student leaders. Organizations represented in the project include Red Hat, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Duke University, Elon University, North Carolina Central, NC State and Creative Commons.