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.

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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.

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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. But even with all of this creative diversity, you’ll find a common purpose in each design, every month. .

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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. 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.

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. Designing templates that control the display of data for each content item.

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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. Here are 6 questions and answers from the experts on nonprofit website design best practices: 1. Want more nonprofit website design best practices?

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. Solution Design : Defining the technical configuration details of the site in preparation for build.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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. My favorite tools for design?

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Does Responsive Design Really Raise More Money for Nonprofits? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The goal of responsive web design is simple yet heroic:Don’t just design for desktop. Design for handheld, tablet, desktop, and everything in between. Both numbers were pretty eye-opening and impressive to this designer.

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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. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes. Your sitemap is a visual representation of the structure of your website.

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? Ultimately, a designer only truly knows if their baby is successful by testing it.

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Nonprofit Email Design: 20 Tips for More Effective Emails

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Maximizing the effectiveness of your email marketing includes understanding and leveraging the latest email design strategies and best practices. Here are 20 email design tips that will help you increase deliverability while maximizing the look of your email marketing campaign.

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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

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Whether our meeting is useless or valuable depends on how we design, facilitate, and follow up. Meeting design is more than just agenda planning or identifying topics. Often, we get stuck in meeting design ruts where we blindly follow the same template or recipe.

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. Wireframes are the key input for a website’s visual design.

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. Designs for each Break-point.

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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. Visual Design. Solution Design.

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. So what’s next for the ever-changing world of website design? Material design versus flat design? Web Design

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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.

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. Visual Design. Solution Design.

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. Visual Design. Solution Design.

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Leveraging the Latest Trends in Non-Profit Website Design

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Of course website trends and fads move quickly these days, so it’s vital that any and all non-profit organizations be proactive about page design in order to put their best face forward in successfully attaining their goals. Industry News Nonprofit 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. Stay inspired, designers for good! Samaritan’s Purse design is so simple and classic.

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Seeking Smart Design: The Best Practices for Non-Profit Blogs

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It’s vital, therefore, that a group’s website—and especially any blog component to that website—be designed in a completely attractive and functional manner that captures a visitor’s attention immediately, holds that attention and encourages action.

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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. Digital Resources Web 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. 2) Design.

How to Design an Effective Nonprofit Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life

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Designing the meeting so it is effective and encourages team-building can be tricky. How to Design an Effective Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life – Guest Post by Karen Axelson from ETR. Guest Post Organizational Culture Resilience Training Design

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Web Design Only Languages?

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

To be clear, there is a distinction between a Web Designer and a Web Developer. It includes the format, designs, shading plans, menu areas, and so on. You should take a gander at this field of experts as User Interface Designers.

Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals. From a design perspective, one takeaway is to create micro learning opportunities.

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….

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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. Visual Design.

Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

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Deliberately, meaningfully, and thoughtfully designing an organization’s culture can help people and teams rally around new technology. So, how do we design a team culture to do that?

Making a Connection: Tips and Tricks for Designing a Contact Page

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That said, not all contact forms are considered equal, especially those designed for WordPress sites where there are so many choices for customization. The post Making a Connection: Tips and Tricks for Designing a Contact Page appeared first on Byte Technology’s Web Design Insights Blog.

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. Branding and design assets.

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.

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.