5 Key Benefits of Designing a Consistent Nonprofit Brand
The key to any strong relationship is trust—and trust is exactly what consistency breeds—not just in our personal relationships, but those we have with brands as well. When the messaging, design, and actions of an organization are inconsistent, audiences don't know what to expect. For brands whose success depends on generating support or maintaining thought leadership, that's a big problem.
5 Fantastic UX Prototyping Tools: Part 1
The recent surge in web-based prototyping tools has made it an incredible time to be a UX designer. But figuring out which of these feature-rich apps is the best fit for your project or personal style is a whole other story. After a year of trying out some of the most popular UX prototyping software here at the studio, we’ve weighed their pros and cons and reviewed our five favorites.
The Benefits of Integrating Branding & Web Design
When the client/design firm partnership creates a direct connection between strategic thinking about brand and online execution, we are more effective in uncovering insights, developing strategies; then bringing them to life.
4 Strategies for Designing Effective Websites
Best practices for effective website design and development that strengthen collaboration between design firm teams and clients, helping them create great work together
Five Things Every Client Should Know About Launching Their Website
Preparing to launch a website can be a stressful, but it doesn't have to be - it's time to step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself of the five key truths essential for User Acceptance Testing.
Building Stakeholder Support for Website Redesigns
So, your nonprofit is about to redesign its website! You have budget and resource approval to get started and big things are ahead. Awesome! But does everyone else think it’s awesome?
Communications: The Real Climate Change Crisis
97% of scientists agree that climate change is occurring, yet a significant portion of America still isn't convinced. One organization is attempting to settle the "debate" once and for all. But there's a catch: they're not communicating in a language that everyone can easily understand.
Insights From The 2014 NTC & GMN Conferences
I recently had a seriously hectic week of attending and presenting at 2 conferences that were scheduled on opposite sides of the country...
Constructive Presenting at 2 Upcoming Conferences
We're excited to be sharing insights on branding, user experience, mobile design, and data visualization for two of the nonprofit sector's leading national organizations
Indexes are the New Infographics
Indexes (or more properly, “indices”) certainly are de rigeur these days. Used to be they were used for monetary applications, with well-known examples like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 dominating financial discourse. But now a new breed of index has begun to proliferate some truly unexpected sectors, and they have the potential to have far-reaching impacts.
6 Ways to Tell Your Story With Interactive Map
If you’re into interactive maps, it’s a good time to be alive! Seems we’ve entered a golden era of interactive mapping, with no shortage of exciting ways to display geographically-specific data.
Brand Strategy For Effective Website Design
3 Non-Technical Solutions to Obamacare's Biggest Website Problems
A partial shutdown of the United States government couldn't slow it down, but Obamacare has taken a huge hit in the public eye due to the poorly managed launch of healthcare.gov.
Designing Effective Public-Private Partnerships
Our most stubborn challenges can't be solved by wielding a bigger hammer. What the world's most "wicked problems" require is a smarter toolset and a better organized crew that's primed to achieve greater collective impact.
5 Keys to Using Information Design for Social Change
The 5 Keys to Effective Responsive Design
Designing effective experiences across the endless variety of screen sizes is more challenging than ever. Done right, Responsive Design creates incredible flexibility for your website to adapt to the needs of mobile and desktop users. But what actually goes into Responsive Design, and how do you properly plan for it during your website design process?
Content-First Website Development: A Real World Experiment
What happens when you turn the traditional web development process upside-down, and build the CMS for a content-heavy website before starting user experience design?
4 Mobile Design Strategies for Content-Heavy Websites
You’re redesigning your website. Of course you want it to look as good on a mobile device as it does on a large screen. But do you need an app, too? For most organizations, a responsive website is more than sufficient. But, there are some things that a mobile browser just can’t do. Here’s a quick breakdown of four approaches and key considerations for mobile design.
Strengthening Audience Engagement with Parallax Website Design
When it comes to delivering great user experiences online, it's ironic that one of the hottest new approaches to web design is inspired by a concept that is thousands of years old. But perhaps it's just a testament to the durability of great ideas.
Designing With the Real Deal
The relationship between content and design is an intricate puzzle for most designers and developers. Should the website be designed around the content, or should we design first using placeholder text?