Nonprofit Web Design Process: Summary

Connection Cafe

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. Personas : Process for developing personas, what information to include and some example personas.

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. This is the last post in our Nonprofit Web Design Process series!

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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.

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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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. Visual Design. Solution Design.

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 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2b: Surveys and Interviews

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Note: This is the third in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Usually the internal stakeholders have enough knowledge about the demographic make-up of their constituency to get me what I need for design. Visual Design. Solution Design.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2a: Analytics Data as User Research

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Note: This is the second in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. This post is about how we incorporate Google Analytics data into our Design Process. To establish benchmarks for measuring success of our design efforts. Visual Design.

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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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.

Charitable Gifts of Bitcoin: Tax, Appraisal, Legal and Processing Considerations | Planned Giving Design Center

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Charitable Gifts of Bitcoin: Tax, Appraisal, Legal and Processing Considerations | Planned Giving Design Center : "Charitable Gifts of Bitcoin: Tax, Appraisal, Legal and Processing Considerations Article posted in Intangible Personal Property by Randy Fox on 4 November 2014| comments audience: National Publication, Bryan K.

3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

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Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute. The Big Picture: Design Thinking in the Context of Innovation.

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?

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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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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This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

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Do you have a digital marketing process in place to manage your content, social, email, and engagement activities? In this article, I’m going to share a strategic marketing process that, when followed, will help you create content your audience will love.

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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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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Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes

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It encourages process-driven performances and art projects. It's a challenge in all process-driven work. The standard answer is to let the process stay behind the curtain and the product live onstage. Leave the process to the collaborators and give the product to the audience.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

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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.

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.

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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Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We are so focused on getting things done, checking it off the to do list and the forward momentum that it requires, that we miss an important opportunity to hit the pause button, reflect, and improve process. Design Protocol.

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. The process of creating a heat map is relatively simple. Digital Resources Web 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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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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E-Mediat: A Simple Design Process for an Online Learning Community Site

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meedan , an implementation partner, is responsible for designing and implementing the online learning community. Chris lead us through a simple user design process based a book by Giles Colborne.

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.

8 Tips for Your Nonprofit RFP Process Featuring a Free RFP Template

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Time to start the RFP process to make sure you find the best vendor for your organization. While creating a Request for Proposals can be labor-intensive, time consuming, and stressful, we've put together some tips to make the whole process go a little smoother. Keeping these basic do's and don'ts in mind can yield great results + make the RFP process a lot simpler (and so can our No-Fuss Nonprofit RFP Template.). Is your fundraising schedule directly connected to the process?

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?

Pleasing the Masses with Your Nonprofit’s Online Donation Process

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In other words, these are all big enough deals that some re-designing should be in store.). Take a good, hard look at your process and then continue to read up on online donations below for more great tips on creating a simple online donation process!

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. Doing so makes the process of completing the form more laborious, and hence some users many abandon their attempt and move on.

Dashboard Design Principles

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If a dashboard fails to tell you what need in glance, then you’ve wasted all that data collection time. What if you married with the power of a dashboard with visual design? These are also good for designing reports. (1)

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How Do You Document Your Creative Process?

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It aggregates design inspiration in a central place we all can share. Pinterest allows us--requires us, really--to document a part of our creative process openly on the web. At least for me, that's when the juiciest part of the creative process happens.

Kids, Coercion, and Co-Design

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I've written about different structures for participatory processes (especially in museums), and recently, I've been interested in how we can apply these structures to the design of public space. they don’t jump in with their own designs on the project, or to organize the project).

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. About the Distributive Learning Process.

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

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The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. For this exercise, it would have been helpful to have people in each group with some prior real life experience designing an ROI study. Training Design nten peer exchange webinar

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Designing for the Mobile Web

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I have a little secret to share about designing a mobile website. At Convio Summit, our Art Director, Michael Chang, and I led the Mobile Homepage Design Slam session where we developed some mobile homepage layouts on the fly for audience volunteers. Create design.

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