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.

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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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.

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?

Logo Design Predictions for 2013

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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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.

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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Nonprofit Email Newsletter Design from Walden School [Before and After]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

As Sarah said of the new design: We have received tons of compliments and gratitude from our parents who like the new template better. And Here is the updated design: What might the next evolution of the newsletter include? E-Newsletters Graphic Design Nonprofit Communications Trend

Re-designing your nonprofit website and other things that are sent to try us

Wild Woman Fundraising

Build transparency into your website design. Graphic Design for Nonprofits Marketing Netraising social media Web 2.0 charity website graphic design for nonprofits hassle headache how to design nonprofit website how to get donations online mazarine treyz nonprofit website redesigning your website website committee for nonprofit wildwomanfundraising.comOh man. Have you ever tried to redesign your nonprofit website? Was that fun? Why not?

What’s All This About Responsive Design?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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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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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’).

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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Inspiration for your Nonprofit Website Design

EveryAction

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Service Design for Social Marketers: A Webinar

Social Marketing and Social Change

Jennifer Kasten (Vice President, JBS International ) and I will be discussing ideas and applications of service design in the first iSMA webinar next Tuesday, July 23rd, at 6:30 AM and again at 12 noon EDT. Design Thinking

At Last! A CRM System Designed For Retention

The Agitator

First of all, an elegantly simple, clean and informative user interface that clearly was designed by an artist, not a programmer. The Bloomerang designers have wisely avoided the pitfall of multiple software features that clutter and confuse and generally benefit only a tiny minority of users.

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Designing Community Campaigns For Weight Loss

Social Marketing and Social Change

Best practice would be to involve people who are your core priority group in the planning of the program so you can get inputs and immediate feedback in designing the key program elements.

New Website Design! What do you think?

Wild Woman Fundraising

In the course of researching my book about social media, I found out about Google Heat Maps, and I thought, “I’d REALLY like to design my website around this idea too.” It was time to say goodbye to the old, organic design, and go with something slicker, and more professional. New Website Design! So last summer, around July 4th, I built a new website with the help of Aries Labs.

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5 Email Design Mistakes to Avoid this Holiday Season

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That''s why it''s more important than ever to make the right choices when designing your holiday and end-of-year email fundraising campaigns. To help you get noticed and stand out from the crowd this holiday season, here are five design mistakes all nonprofits need to avoid: 1.

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3 Things to consider when designing your nonprofit’s logo

Fundraising Coach

Nonprofit’s love designing and redesigning their logos. Asking these three questions while you’re designing your logo will save you alot of time and money later. Graphic designers are great. Logos provide us with a sense of legitimacy. They give us an identity.

Pinterest Sweepstakes Microsoft Mouse Design: Case Study With BJ O'Hare

Diva Marketing Blog

Diva Marketing/Toby : Of all the tactics Microsoft could have chosen to create awareness for its new mouse designs, which by the way are very cool and fun, why Pinterest? This was a successful campaign and allowed users to do that through repinning Microsoft mouse designs.

5 Tips for Designing Your Year-End Email Appeals

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

It’s tempting to pull out every design stop in an attempt to make your year-end e-appeal stand out. Resist the urge to resort to visual overload as you design your year-end campaign. Keep the graphic load light and use simple uncluttered design. Here’s some great advice from Caryn Stein on the team here at Network for Good. Keep these five pointers in mind for best results: 1. Be consistent: Your email appeals should reflect your nonprofit’s branding and style.

#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.

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.

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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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

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.

FREE New Webinar: Make Better Nonprofit Annual Reports Now! April 13th, 2013

Wild Woman Fundraising

Join professional graphic designer Danielle Bardgette and Mazarine Treyz, author of the Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, as we embark on a journey to help you get your annual report to shine. Graphic design tips to help you look like you hired a designer (even if you didn’t!).

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

Guest post: 10 things to consider when designing your annual report

ImpactMax

Their award winning work is known for its powerful interplay of text and design. So focus on setting the tone through a reassuring voice and compelling design, and be assured you won’t need to break the bank. Bring the designer and writer in early, they’ll help spark the process. The writer and designer can get the process started by being the outside voice and getting the focus off of the “internal speak.&# Linda Henneman, ThinkDesign.

5 Tips for Designing Your Year-End Email Appeals

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It’s tempting to pull out every design stop in an attempt to make your year-end e-appeal stand out. Resist the urge to resort to visual overload as you design your year-end campaign. Keep the graphic load light and use simple uncluttered design. Keep these five pointers in mind for best results: 1. Be consistent: Your email appeals should reflect your nonprofit’s branding and style.

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.

How We Created Our (First-Ever) Brand Identity

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you are curious about how other nonprofits handle branding and graphic design, join us Thursday, October 20th for our latest Nonprofit Q&A Panel. The logo design was by far the most time consuming and collaborative phase since it set the tone for everything to follow.

Don’t Make It Look TOO Nice

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

“I get requests for Comic Sans and clip art style design so that it’ll seem done by a volunteer.” ” “If we did anything in four-color, we had to explain that the design or printing was donated, at least in part.” ” “I wanted to hire a graphic designer for our annual report, but I was told to do the best I could in Word because that is what donors expected.” Fortunately, I was also the in-house designer.

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