7 ways to make sure your print designs win hearts and minds (not design awards)

iMarketSmart

Remember that we’re trying to communicate, not win design awards. The post 7 ways to make sure your print designs win hearts and minds (not design awards) appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. Fundraising design for good graphic design for a cause graphic design for non-profit organizations pdf non profit design firms non profit graphic design firms nonprofit branding agency pro bono graphic design non profit yippa design

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Responsible for Graphic Design, but Have No Real Training? Join us Tomorrow!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you have been tasked with creating graphics for your organization, but have little to no design training, then our next BRAND NEW webinar is for you! Using the Four Principles of Graphic Design to Create Images that Engage Audiences and Make Your Organization Look Good.

Logo Design Predictions for 2013

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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Designing for Community Change

SocialButterfly

Through design --Let’s take a look at a couple examples. Bertie County, North Carolina: Teaching Design for Change. Pilloton founded Project H Design , a non-profit design firm where they apply the design process to catalyze communities and public education from within.

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#TECH: Designing A Mobile App? Design For A Mobile Device!

Non Profit Marketing 360

Ryan Matzner goes into great detail in a list of ’10 Mistakes’ designers often make when developing mobile apps. Some of the mistakes are indeed technical and design-focussed: design for higher-resolution screens, then scale back if you need, rather than the other way around.

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How Great Website Design Drives Connection & Action

Getting Attention

Thanks to guest blogger Alex McLain, who designs engaging websites for nonprofits as a member of the Wired Impact team. You’ve got a million questions reeling through your head throughout the process, but one of the key questions to consider is: “How important is the role of design in our website?” Here are 10 ways great visual design drives website impact : 1. A striking, professionally designed website can help establish confidence and authority surrounding your cause.

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On Tap This Month: Trends Survey, Graphic Design, and, Of Course, Thanksgiving

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here’s what’s happening at Nonprofit Marketing Guide this month: Online Training: November 6: Your Design Is Full of C.R.A.P.: Using the Four Principles of Graphic Design to Create Images that Engage Audiences and Make Your Organization Look Good.

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Nonprofit Web Design 101: 5 Strategies for Beginners

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As more and more donors prefer to engage with nonprofits through digital channels, designing a stunning website is more important than ever. Not only will you need an appealing design, but you’ll also need your site to be structured in a logical and strategical way. Jeff Gordy.

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The challenges of nonprofit website design

CrowdRise

This is a guest post written by Emma Wolfe, Content Marketing Growth Manager at Elevation, a full-service nonprofit web design agency. Design & BrandingRehauling your nonprofit’s website can be a scary undertaking, and while it might seem advantageous to cut budget corners and DIY the whole thing, we want everyone to first take a deep breath and wait.

Is Responsive Design the Right Mobile Strategy for Your Nonprofit?

Getting Attention

The buzzword “responsive” has been floating around the web design world for the past year or so, especially in mobile contexts. So, how do you know if responsive design is right for your organization? Thanks to the bloggers at the Ad Council for sharing their expertise here.

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Communications Directors Are Great Writers and Lousy Designers?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Graphic Design. The post Communications Directors Are Great Writers and Lousy Designers? In this year’s Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey, we asked participants to rate themselves on some common skills that communications directors need.

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Designing Your Event

A Small Change

You’ll be most successful if you’re always thinking of your main goal as you design your event. Again, clearly define your goal and design the event from there. When designing your program, keep in mind that donors want to hear from the staff directly connected to the organization’s mission. Are you trying to thank and recognize, educate and make a case for support or raise money?

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How to Hire a Graphic Designer or Design Firm Part 1: Where to Look

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This is Part 1 in a series of posts that Julia Reich will share with us about how to hire a graphic designer or design firm. Guest Post by Julia Reich, Julia Reich Design. If you’ve never worked with a designer before, the task can seem daunting. Julia Reich.

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Inspiration for your Nonprofit Website Design

EveryAction

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

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What’s All This About Responsive Design?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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A Glow-In-The-Dark Design Solution to Behavior Change

SocialButterfly

The Netherlands are about to launch a “smart road” system that uses infrastrure to support behavior change through a design solution–glow-in-the-dark paint! How are you applying design in your work?

Are you doing nonprofit graphic design on a shoestring?

Wild Woman Fundraising

They will make you look like you own one of those really fancy programs, or have access to a super expensive design firm. Online Tools for MORE nonprofit graphic design fun! here’s a full list of graphic design and art tools on google apps. Well, isn’t everyone?

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#DESIGN: How To Follow The Branding Guidelines Of Facebook

Non Profit Marketing 360

But the fact is, almost any organization that took the time to develop a color scheme, logo, or other materials also worked with their design consultants to develop a style guide. Interesting, but incorrect, logo.

How NOT to design the perfect fundraising campaign

iMarketSmart

Today I would like to discuss how NOT to design the perfect fundraising campaign. According to The Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom, 2,000 people were asked what they liked about their favorite cars in an effort to design the perfect automobile.

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#DESIGN: Is Your Nonprofit’s Logo Helping Your Cause?

Non Profit Marketing 360

One useful set of bullet points that we found for considering a logo points out that the design should be: aesthetically pleasing. Microsoft’s New Logo: Top Brand Designers Weigh In. Clarity, scalability, & meaning were much improved in this logo redesign.

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Different Ways to Design an Editorial Calendar – Group Project!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It’s time for a Nonprofit Marketing Guide community project! We get these questions all the time. What should my editorial calendar actually look like? Does it need to be online? Which software should we use? And of course, there are a million ways to do it.

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How to Hire a Graphic Designer or Design Firm / Part 2: What to Look For

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This is Part 2 in a series of posts that Julia Reich will share with us about how to hire a graphic designer or design firm. Guest Post by Julia Reich, Julia Reich Design. Aesthetics are surely subjective, but there are some standards that apply across the design discipline.

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Website Design: What’s In, What’s Out

Non Profit Marketing 360

Branded Out Loud, a blog about communications design, offers its list of what’s cool and what’s yesterday’s news on nonprofit websites, with plenty of visuals to make the point. Simple and clean design, infographics, directing viewers where to go, and more.

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Creating a Graphic Design Style Guide

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofit marketing can be an overwhelming job, but it’s one that you can make much easier by using a handful of simple tools, including a Graphic Design Style Guide. A graphic design style guide puts in writing all the various decisions you’ve made about how things should look both in print and online. Here are the kinds of decisions that should be on your graphic design style guide. 17 Designers Favorite Fonts. Graphic Design Publication Management

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Graphic Design Style Guides, Part II – With Examples

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I met Julia Reich at the NTC conference (at the 501 Tech NYC Happy Hour to be exact) and being the nonprofit marketing geeks we are, we started talking about the struggles that nonprofits face with design. Guest Post by Julia Reich, Julia Reich Design.

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#DESIGN: How To Follow The Branding Guidelines Of Twitter

Non Profit Marketing 360

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Four Amateur Design Mistakes

Social Media Bird Brain

Usually I focus on social media or writing, since that is what I do, but I've also done my share of design work. Tags: small nonprofits design printing nonprofits image via despair.com Note: Tomorrow is International Day of Climate Action. Be part of the solution by getting the world's politicians ready to act on a Global Climate Treaty in December. Click on the 350.org banner on the right and attend an event tomorrow!

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Last Chance to Help Us Design the 2016 Trends Survey

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In the next week, I’ll be finalizing the questions for the 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey, so we can start taking your responses on Monday, November 2.

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4 Easy Ways to Become Designated as a Planned Gift Beneficiary

iMarketSmart

Recently I found myself wondering… “why aren’t we promoting beneficiary designations more?” ” A beneficiary designation is by far the simplest way to create a planned gift. Bank accounts allow donors to designate a “pay on death” beneficiary.

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Your Case for Support: Good Design Will Make it Stronger

Mission Minded

Blog Capital Campaign Nonprofit Branding Nonprofit Communications Nonprofit Design Storytelling Capital Campaigns Case for Support designIn my last post, I relayed the importance of injecting emotion into your next capital campaign.

E-Newsletter Makeovers: 5 Easy Design Fixes

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here are five easy design fixes that all revolve around making your e-newsletter as easy to read, as quickly as possible. I’m still surprised at how many e-newsletters I see that are really tough to read, simply because someone got a little carried away with the design.

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1999 vs 2015: The 7 Greatest Transformations in Nonprofit Web Design

EveryAction

We’ve come a long way since 1999. The web has seen multiple updates to HTML and CSS, witnessed the explosion of video, and the meteoric rise in mobile traffic among many other siesmic shifts

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CDC Launches Re-Design, Focus on Tools

SocialButterfly

Today, I received a tip that Monday night, CDC.gov launched it’s re-designed Web site –placing a larger emphasis on tools. Public Health cdc CDC.gov health resources Social Media tag cloud tools Web site Web site re-design

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Increasing Donations: The Essential Ingredients of Effective Nonprofit Web Design

Ann Green

Good web design is a bit like clean air. The same thing happens with nonprofits and design. But that’s the biggest – and to be fair – the easiest mistake to make, thinking that an effective design is also fancy. Good design has a purpose without it being obvious.

Dittmar Design Creates & Launches Client Website

Non Profit Marketing 360

NPM360 partner, Dittmar Design, recently developed and launched a website for a Northern Virginia property management company, WJD Management. The client website is a mobile responsive design built on the WordPress content management system and uses the latest Genesis framework to drive it. Dittmar Design is a Northern Virginia-based marketing and communications firm. Find out more about Dittmar Design here.

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Office Design with Brand in Mind

Mission Minded

What does your office design say about your organization? The post Office Design with Brand in Mind appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Branding brand BrandActivation Interior Design

Design Trends: Minimalism in the Age of Mobile

DonorDigital

These samples illustrate minimalism in web design for nonprofits. There is a definite theme in three of these samples, in that they all feature large, mobile-responsive slideshows in the masthead and little else in the way of design embellishments.

Mobile Smack Down: Obama’s Responsive Design vs. Romney’s Mobile Site (and More)

SocialButterfly

From Google to Salesforce and now Facebook , more companies are going “mobile first” when it comes to designing and developing web products, services and features. Rhode Island also has a beautiful responsive design that follows suit. Responsive Design vs. a Mobile Site.

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Design It Yourself Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

People were invited to submit an original design for Liberty’s Earth Day bottle, it ended yesterday, President's Day in the United States. Moreover, Liberty has the ability to print on its bottles basically anything a designer can imagine.

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Designing A Customer-Centric Organization

The Agitator

In his posts on ‘donor centricity’ ( start here and use the links !), Roger strives to separate the wheat from the chaff. As he has put it, just using the word ‘you’ in every other sentence doesn’t make your fundraising program donor centric.

Design Your Donor In

The Agitator

The first, from the commercial space: Five Ways to Design the Customer Into Your Company , recently published on MarketingProfs. The commercial marketing space is full of chatter about getting ‘customer insight’ and understanding the ‘customer experience’ with the brand and its products/services (now termed ‘Cx’).

Stay on Track – A Playlist for NOT Derailing Your Nonprofit Design Project

Mission Minded

Nonprofit design should be a strategic […]. The post Stay on Track – A Playlist for NOT Derailing Your Nonprofit Design Project appeared first on Mission Minded. Blog Nonprofit Design logo design nonprofit logoFull disclosure, this post comes with tips, passion, AND some serious jams. What an exciting moment! You’ve decided to change your nonprofit’s logo or visual identity. You realized it just doesn’t do your organization justice.

Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Email Design

DonorDigital

When designing for mobile optimization, it is important for the design to be easily resized for various widths from desktop width (about 640 pixels across) to mobile width (about 320 pixels across). Thus, designs need to be as fluid and flexible as possible.