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Mark Luckie wins Design for America contest

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California Watch's very own Mark Luckie has won the Design for America contest with his visual explanation of how legislation moves through the U.S. senate.

Mark is a multimedia producer here at California Watch who has produced a number of successful stories and creates graphics for our Facts and Figures section.

Design for America was a contest created by Sunlight Labs whose goal was to connect the many talents of the art and design communities with the wealth of government data that is available. 

The contest boasts many big sponsors including Google and Adobe. The winners were announced on Tuesday at the Gov. 2.0 expo in Washington D.C. Winners also receive $5,000 to spend as they choose.

There are 8 categories total that include visualization of how a bill becomes a law, and visualization of recovery.gov data. Mark chose to visualize congressional rules/floor procedures. The idea behind this category is to show how the process of our government works since sometimes they have many abstruse rules that most people do not understand. 

"I was thinking of taking a complex topic and simplifying it so others could use it," says Mark. 

Mark's graphic is a very simple and easy to understand guide to how the senate floor procedures are held. He has also made mobile and PDF versions if you want to view it on your cell phone or print it out for use.

Mark's piece is open for anyone to see and use here

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