Designing for Good: Nonprofit Design Inspirations Episode #1

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I’m passionate about nonprofits and designing for nonprofits in equal measures. In that pursuit, myself and my talented UX colleague Tim Hammond are beginning a new series highlighting the latest and greatest of nonprofit designs from around the world. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to have been able to capture such impressive designs from professional designers, studios, and even creative students from mediums as diverse as the nonprofits they serve.

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Designing for Good: Top Nonprofit Graphic Designs| Episode 4

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Since we did a special storytelling episode for Designing for Good #3 , Tim Hammond and I decided to cram the last 3 months into a single, double-meat episode. Our favorites this month have been culled from hundreds of graphic and interactive designs across the industry. Here’s to finding inspiration, making your designs memorable , and provoking action. Enjoy, designers. The design allowed donors to choose animals to give while farm grew throughout the campaign.

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Designing Nonprofit Experiences

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Designing nonprofit experiences can be quite different from designing retail or commercial experiences. While there are many differences in nonprofit versus for-profit design, there are a lot of UX techniques we can borrow from one another. I like to compare the nonprofit design world to small town fashion. User-centered design. The trickle-down effect has worked its magic over the last few years and most nonprofits now truly embrace user-centered design.

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New Year, New Web Design Trends

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Observations about how web design has evolved over the last decade to be flatter, bigger and simpler, all making it easier to translate into a mobile experience. Interactive Mobile Web Design Goals Non-Profit web design

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Designing for Good: Central Park Conservancy

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Designing for Good: Some of the world’s most talented designers are inspiring others, provoking change, and even saving lives for nonprofits. After talking with the designers of CPC, I found the diversity of their projects a little staggering. Print design, visual design, graphic design, illustration, product photography, park kiosks, mobile apps, and all things webby are managed by their team. My favorite part of the design process?

10 Website Design Best Practices for Nonprofits

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How well your nonprofit’s email and social media campaigns perform depend upon how well your website is designed. Below are 10 website design best practices specifically for the nonprofit sector. Study and implement modern design trends.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 6: Solution Design

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Note: This is the final installment in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Solution Design is the technical planning phase where we define how the back end of the website should function. Purposes for the Solution Design phase include: Making decisions about site-wide settings and configuration details. The platform on which you’re building your website will play a large role in the Solution Design phase. Visual Design.

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 5: Visual Design

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Note: This is the tenth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. The visual design details the final look and feel of the website. Purposes for the Visual Design phase include: Agreeing on a creative vision and personality for the web presence. The visual design really begins with the brand of the organization. Typically we create visual designs in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. Visual Design [this post]. Solution Design.

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Nonprofit Web Design Process: Summary

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I recently published the last post in my series about the nonprofit web design process and thought it would be helpful to have a final summary for the entire series. Visual Design : How we articulate the creative vision for the site and combine the aesthetic with the solid foundation of User Research and Information Architecture. Solution Design : Defining the technical configuration details of the site in preparation for build.

A Complete Guide to Strategic Web Design for Nonprofits

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What goes into creating and designing a successful nonprofit website that inspires action? There are a few steps to successful audience-centric design: Identify Your Audience: Understand all of the groups your serve and find out what makes them tick. Engaging Visual Design. Beautiful visual design must be built on top of a solid strategy in order for it to engage, inspire and connect with your audience.

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Experts Weigh-In on Nonprofit Website Design Best Practices

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And while I’m usually able to offer some general guidance, nonprofit website design best practices have never been my area of expertise. Recently, I sat down with TJ Nicolaides and Allison Hossack of Think Company , a Philadelphia based design firm specializing in research, strategy, development, and design. . Here are 6 questions and answers from the experts on nonprofit website design best practices: 1. Want more nonprofit website design best practices?

How to Design Your Nonprofit Website for Better User Experience

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Mine was to be a better designer this year and to outdo my old self from 2016. As I was thinking about what kind of designer I really want to be, I realized that even though I’m trained as a graphic designer, I don’t see myself as one anymore. Instead, I would describe myself as someone who designs online experiences. So, how do I go about designing better user experiences this year ? 3 Tips to Design Your Nonprofit Website for Better User Experience : 1.

3 Reasons Your Nonprofit Website Needs Responsive Design

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And perhaps most notably, 2013 was also the beginning of responsive design (Mashable). As a result, website experiences have had to change significantly—from the way websites are designed and developed to the Content Management System (CMS) used and search engine optimization (SEO) strategies. What is responsive web design? 54 percent listed overall good design, such as appealing layout and photography, as important.

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Designing for Good: Pratima Mani + Josh Tabb

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The world’s most talented designers are inspiring others, provoking change, and even saving lives for nonprofits. In my new series Designing for Good , we’ll chat with these innovators about their inspirations, challenges, and favorite tools. Pratima: I’m the Graphic Designer. So, I design all of our in-house print and web-content, including proposals, email templates, social media posts, logos, invites, everything. My favorite tools for design?

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3 Tools for Designing Nonprofit Websites Like a Rockstar

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Good designers love data. Because whether you’re crafting emails or designing web experiences, you will ask yourself the two big questions over and over. Is my design effective? It’s tempting to think that designers should instinctively know when a design works, but let’s not confuse design with art. Ultimately, a designer only truly knows if their baby is successful by testing it. How do I measure the success of email designs?

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4b: Wireframes

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Note: This is the ninth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. It’s best to get buy-in on wireframes first so we can truly focus on creative look and feel during the visual design phase of the project. Purposes for the Wireframes include: Creating a structure for key pages and page templates that will be used to guide the visual design. These are the basic wireframes you’ll need to provide for the visual design to commence. Visual Design.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4a: Sitemaps

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Note: This is the eighth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Visual Design. Solution Design. Interactive Web Design communication design discovery interactive Non-Profit nonprofit Nonprofit web design nonprofit website nonprofits user experience user research web design website See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes.

The Mobile Design Takeover

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The post The Mobile Design Takeover appeared first on The See3 Blog. web applications design digital media media mobile mobile design nptech smartphone technology In today’s digital age, there is one major channel now to get information: the screen. And of the screen – the smaller the better; in essence, clients want information fast, and they want it to be accessible.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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Our institute is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit professionals, volunteers, board members, and community leaders. Our institute is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit professionals, volunteers, board members, and community leaders.

Designing for Good #3 – Best of 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling

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For this Designing for Good episode, we’re showcasing the best examples of nonprofit storytelling of 2016. Breezy, colorful awareness message for sustainable fishing by heroic designers Nice & Serious. #7 Pixel-perfect interactive design using a “long page” design with parallax for Feeding America explains hunger through the four composite characters of Jessica, Alicia, Martin and Harold. #8

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2e: Personas

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Note: This is the sixth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. When they’re based on solid user research, personas can be great tools for helping your design team and internal stakeholders truly understand your audiences. Encourage empathy for constituents when making design and/or content decisions for your website. Visual Design. Solution Design. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes.

Responsive Design for Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

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When we design a nonprofit site, creating a responsive design is almost always a requirement. Not only does responsive design make sense for your org’s main web presence, it makes sense for your peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) websites too. So what does responsive design for P2P look like? As we worked with this terrific organization to create the site, we integrated the responsive design requirement throughout our entire process: 1. Designs for each Break-point.

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Why is Online Presence Management Better Than Web Design?

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Why is Online Presence Management Better Than Web Design? Here’s our top five reasons for why OPM is better than web design. How is Online Presence Management different to web design? Why is Online Presence Management Better Than Web Design?

GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

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Then design the jobs that you want volunteers to do. If you work at a nonprofit, you know what it feels like to have too much on your plate. You are eager to be as effective as possible, but you can’t do it all by yourself.

Designing for Good: The Best of Nonprofit Designs Episode #2

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It’s the end of April, which means designer Tim Hammond and I mined another month of the finest nonprofit designs from every corner of our fine planet. We found this month’s curation to be even more impactful and impressive than our first episode with mediums ranging from interactive design to even sculpture (look close). But even with all of this creative diversity, you’ll find a common purpose in each design, every month. .

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 3: Content Strategy

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Note: This is the seventh in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Quote from Kristina Halvorson) It’s an essential step in the Web Design process that’s often overlooked or skimped upon. Here at Blackbaud, we do our best to start our design recommendations with content so that our clients are thinking about content very early in the process. Visual Design. Solution Design.

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By Design: The Next Big Trends in Website Development

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Like all things in the virtual world and online living things seem to move at the speed of light, and website designers are no exception. From the necessity of responsive design to the rebirth of parallax scrolling, tweaks to make video more compelling to the altering of simple color palettes, the best designers in the industry thrive on enhancing not only the visual appeal of a site but the overall user experience as well. Material design versus flat design?

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Nonprofit Logo Design: A Simple 3 Step Process

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Every brand designer I know has worked with a client who created their own logo at least once in their career. Nonprofit logo design is a process that can be just as painful as it can be exciting. I remember creating my own logo when I owned a design studio. Taking a step back and looking at the big picture objectively is a CRUCIAL part of any branding project, including the entire logo design process. 2) Design. Web Design and Branding Nonprofit web design

Success By Design: Choosing the Right E-Commerce Platform

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In the world of e-commerce—that virtual marketplace that has increasingly redefined how we shop and spend—the right design can mean the difference between boom and bust, soaring profits and slumping sales, simple success versus outright failure. It’s important, therefore, that any site built specifically to generate revenue be designed in such a way that makes the user experience as rich and rewarding as possible.

Nonprofit Web Design Process: The Series

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My team here at Blackbaud works with nonprofits to design online experiences. We design desktop websites, responsive and mobile-friendly websites, event fundraising sites, mobile apps, email messages, donation forms, you name it. It was suggested to me by a colleague that it might be insightful to write a series of posts to describe our design process in detail. Visual Design. Solution Design. Interactive Web Design Mobile Non-Profit responsive user experience

Design a Fundraising Website For Your Audiences

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As you’re approaching the end of year fundraising, you are also comparing your … Acquisition Fundraising Retention Branding end of year fundraising web design

The Importance of Heat Mapping for Truly Effective Website Design

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With a few clicks a designer or administrator can see numbers of hits and click-throughs, time spent on specific pages, which pages and elements are being ignored and much more. And with this data in hand, said developers and administrators can easily take the strategic opportunities heat mapping provides to transform their designs, flows and layout for optimal usage. Digital Resources Web Design

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A Complete Guide to Strategic Web Design for Nonprofits

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What goes into creating and designing a successful nonprofit website that inspires action? … Web Design Guide creative Nonprofit web design web design

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Inspiration for your Nonprofit Website Design

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Let me ask you a question: How does your organization''s website look? Happy with it

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Designing for Good #5: The Best of End-of-Year Email Campaigns

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For this month’s Designing for Good , it’s time we showed more love to all of you tireless nonprofit email marketers out there. With the giving season almost upon us, we’ve mined Steve’s email goldmine and other corners of the web to find our favorite EOY email design inspirations. Stay inspired, designers for good! Samaritan’s Purse design is so simple and classic.

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11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

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Hispanic Heritage Month, officially founded in 1968 , occurs each year from September 15 to October 15, a period which includes the anniversary of independence of eight Latin American countries. During National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.,

3 Responsive Design Trends I’m Digging and Which Nonprofits are Working Them Best

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As we head into Fall of 2014, (yes, I prefer to skip August as a Texas resident) we approach the 3-year anniversary of Responsive Design. I love responsive design and am especially digging these 3 fancy design trends that have developed along with it…. Since we’re designing sites for ALL devices, scrolling has become ubiquitous. In all seriousness, touch screens have made it physically easier to scroll so designers are taking advantage.

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2d: Usability Tests

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Note: This is the fifth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Usability Testing of any sort is a good idea to incorporate into your design process to validate (or invalidate!) the design decisions you’ve made along the way. With any design, there is some guess-work involved on the part of the designer so getting a reaction from an end-user may reveal some different options for your design. Visual Design.

Design Your Website To Tell Captivating Stories

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According to a recent post from Nonprofit Hub, nonprofits can use their website to tell stories about the organization’s mission and efforts, but only if it is designed correctly. Smart web design allows site viewers … Continued The post Design Your Website To Tell Captivating Stories appeared first on Tech Impact. Blog Leadership Tech nonprofit online storytelling web design websites Everyone loves a good story.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2c: Card Sorts

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Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Some indicators that a card sort test is a good activity for a design project include: A website that is structured according to the org chart so that each department has their own section. Visual Design. Solution Design. Interactive Web Design communication discovery interactive Nonprofit web design nonprofit website nonprofits user experience web design

Why Interaction Design Matters

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“When the Museum of Modern Art’s senior curator of architecture and design announced the acquisition of 14 video games in 2012, “all hell broke loose.” ” In this far-ranging, entertaining, and deeply insightful talk, Paola Antonelli explains why she’s delighted to challenge preconceived ideas about art and galleries, and describes her burning wish to help establish a broader understanding of design.”

Top 10 interior design Apps – Free home design & decorating Online

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The post Top 10 interior design Apps – Free home design & decorating Online appeared first on PhreeSite.com. Currently, the applications available on Android and IOS devices helps most of us to save time, effort and money doing things we normally could not do. From simple cooking lectures to do your bridal makeup, the world of applications has really made lives easy and simple. The good thing is that with the help of.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 1: Stakeholder Discovery

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Note: This is the first in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. No matter how big or small the design project, Stakeholder Discovery is always the first step. To transfer information from the client team to the design team. Now, if your nonprofit designs something in-house, purpose #3 is null and void. Branding and design assets. This list will vary depending on what we’re designing, of course, but it’s a good baseline to start from.