RFP: Graphic design services for the PHL Participatory Design Lab

 

Issued by

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia  on behalf of The City of Philadelphia, Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00pm Philadelphia, PA, local time, on Friday December 15, 2017. A pdf version of the proposal must be emailed to: mayorsfund@phila.gov  and liana.dragoman@phila.gov

Introduction: Statement of purpose

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT) seek a qualified graphic designer to provide design services for the PHL Participatory Design Lab.

Department overview

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia (the Fund) works in close partnership with the City of Philadelphia and private sector partners to develop and run initiatives that reflect Mayoral priorities and seek to improve the quality of life for all Philadelphians.  The Fund will serve as the fiscal administrator for this contract opportunity. The Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation will serve as the project manager for this effort on behalf of the Fund.

The Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT) believes in a City government that understands the needs of its people and empowers them through dignified, accessible, and effective services. ODDT’s approach is two-fold: 1) Help departments publish open data; and 2) Collaborate with departments, the public, and other stakeholders—employing human-centered design methods—to create services that support the success and well-being of all Philadelphians.

Project background

In July 2017, the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia were awarded a Knight Cities Challenge (KCC) award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Cities Challenge seeks ideas that help make cities more vibrant places to live and work, focusing on three drivers of city success: keeping and attracting talent, expanding opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

The award will fund a project titled the PHL Participatory Design Lab, spearheaded by the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT) and the Mayor’s Office of Policy, Legislation, and Intergovernmental Affairs. The goal of the PHL Participatory Design Lab is to employ service design and social science methods to improve the experiences of the public when interacting with the Office of Homeless Services (OHS) intake system and with the Department of Revenue’s Owner-Occupied Payment Agreement (OOPA), which is a foreclosure prevention program. While OHS and Revenue vary in mission, service offerings, and populations served, they both address the needs of people who sit at different points along the housing crisis spectrum. The team will use cross-agency learnings to inform more holistic service improvement efforts.

The PHL Participatory Design Lab team will work with those who advocate for, deliver, and use services to co-design solutions that meet their needs, preferences, and behaviors. Interventions will have a greater chance of implementation success because they’ll be designed, prototyped, and rolled out in collaboration with a host of stakeholders across government and Philadelphia.

General disclaimer of the City

This RFP does not commit the Fund or the City of Philadelphia to award a contract. This RFP and the process it describes are proprietary to the Fund and the City and are for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Fund/City. No other party, including any Applicant, is intended to be granted any rights hereunder. Any response, including written documents and verbal communication, by any Applicant to this RFP, shall become the property of the Fund/City and may be subject to public disclosure by the Fund/City, or any authorized agent of the Fund/City.

Scope of work

ODDT is looking for a graphic designer to create the look and feel that builds off of the City of Philadelphia’s digital standards for the PHL Participatory Design Lab, and who can work with us for several weeks in December 2017 and/or January 2018. The PHL Participatory Design Lab team will translate the look and feel that the graphic designer develops into project reports, social media postings, presentations, and other informational materials. We’d like the output of your design work to feel human, thoughtful, and leading-edge. Please note this is not a full-time position; it’s a contract role that supports the PHL Participatory Design Lab. Hours are flexible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the PHL Participatory Design Lab team to develop initial brand concepts that could include color schemes, typography, photographic styles, and graphics.
  • Iterate on the look and feel for at least two review cycles.
  • Finalize the brand elements and pass off assets and source files to team.
  • Train the team on brand usage through meetings and a brand style guideline.

Deliverables:

  • Three mood boards or initial concepts
  • One finalized look and feel with source files
  • Brand guidelines
  • Design review and pass off meetings

Monitoring & security

By submission of a proposal in response to this RFP, the Applicant agrees that it will comply with all contract monitoring and evaluation activities undertaken by the City of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, and with all security policies and requirements of the City.

Insurance requirements

As a contractor of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, the selected applicant will be required to maintain insurance. Specific policies and minimum limit(s) will be commensurate with the scope of work to be performed, and will be determined with the Graphic Designer once selected. The Graphic Designer may be required to provide proof of insurance at the Fund’s discretion.

Submission requirements

To apply for this contract opportunity, applicants must submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Brief proposal that includes 1) estimated project cost (Please note: Our budget for this project is between $4,000 and $6,000); 2) your availability for December 2017 and January 2018; and 3) a high-level project plan with approach, timing, milestones, and deliverable review processes.

Strong candidates will have:

  • A portfolio that demonstrates your ability to create thoughtful, creative branding
  • A personal interest in social impact design
  • Effective methods for managing and delivering on time

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three years of professional work experience in graphic design

Deadline for submission

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Philadelphia, PA, local time, on Friday December 15, 2017. A pdf version of the proposal must be emailed to: mayorsfund@phila.gov  and liana.dragoman@phila.gov

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