Graphic Design Trends for 2021

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I have been doing a bit of reading on trends for graphic design for this year and this is what I have found on several of those top trends lists: Nature. From more sustainable packaging to actual design choices, 2021 will see a focus on natural elements. Nonprofit Graphic Design

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3 Ways Strong Web Design Can Get Your Nonprofit Better Results

J Campbell Social Marketing

Having a strong online presence, and specifically a well-designed website, is essential. And given that nonprofits are competing for attention and funds, strong web design can go a long way to help your organization stand out from the crowd. . So how does web design tie into donations?

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We’re Looking for a Graphic Designer

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Please share this with your freelance graphic designer friends! Nonprofit Marketing Guide LLC is seeking a graphic designer for a variety of projects, including Graphics for email promotions, landing pages, and online advertising Iconography for sections of our website and various training frameworks Graphics and themes for PowerPoint decks Design and layout of e-books Our preferences are to work with a designer who is.

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


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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Logo Design Predictions for 2013

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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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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#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. Perhaps not surprisingly, you want to have a plan for the app and flowmap of how you want people to use it: “Have a well-thought-out user flow ready to go before wireframes and designs begin. 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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What’s All This About Responsive Design?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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Designing for Community Change


Through design --Let’s take a look at a couple examples. Bertie County, North Carolina: Teaching Design for Change. Designer Emily Pilloton is truly inspiring in her approach, her commitment and personal dedication to finding innovative solutions and sustainable approaches to positive social 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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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 Trends Sarah Lougheed-Gill is the director of admissions & communications at Walden School , aprogressive independent school for grades pre-kindergarten – sixthin Pasadena, California.

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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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6 Ways to Align Your Web Design and Social Media Strategy

J Campbell Social Marketing

Allison Manley, Director of Marketing and Communications at the nonprofit web design firm, Kanopi, has a few tips for how to make your organization’s branding work for you. A fun way to align your web design and social media strategy is to use hashtag language within your website copy.

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Thank You for the New Design, Facebook. Because Nonprofits Need MORE Disruption Right Now.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

” In clicking around, I found a page or two that looked especially janky with this warning: Warning on pages with design elements from Classic and New combined (not pretty). Have you noticed this on the top of your desktop Facebook?

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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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. Let’s go over five strategies that will help with your website design: Decide how to build your website. Design a mobile responsive site. Bonus: Interested in hiring a website designer? Jeff Gordy.

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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. You may have just completed a strategic planning process, and are ready to hire a designer to overhaul your entire communication system with a newly refined vision and mission. Julia Reich.

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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? If you answer “yes” to most of the questions below, you should consider responsive design for the next iteration of your website: 1. If that’s the case for your users, perhaps responsive design isn’t the right choice for your website.

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The Ever-Growing Importance of Website Design

NonProfit Hub

It only takes a split second for a viewer to decide whether or not they’ll spend time on your site, and website design is often the deciding factor. Don’t just take our word for it—we’ll use our own website design as an example. This website design is much more organized and eye-catching than the last. If you’re still not convinced, here are some reasons why it’s so important to have a well-designed website that’s modern and accessible. Featured Nonprofit Web Design

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! Join graphic designer Julia Reich as she shows you how to improve your website, brochures, newsletters, and other marketing and fundraising materials during tomorrow’s brand new webinar: Your Design Is Full of C.R.A.P.: How to “speak” the language of graphic design to colleagues.

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 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 banner on the right and attend an event tomorrow!

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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. Corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, and even some individuals brand themselves with a specific set of colors and a type font or two and a logo. Usually those entities want the general public to use their logo, etc, as such use can mean free publicity.

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. In my last post, “ How to Hire a Graphic Designer or Design Firm, Part 1: Where to Look ” I offered suggestions on where to turn to find designers to work with. Aesthetics are surely subjective, but there are some standards that apply across the design discipline. Julia Reich.

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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. The survey closes this Friday, so please take it now if you haven’t already!). According to the preliminary data, nonprofit communications pros overall say they are best at: Creating relevant and engaging messaging. Copywriting.

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Crowdfunding on Social Media: 4 Design Tips to Drive Donors

J Campbell Social Marketing

Because their crowdfunding campaign is lacking in its design for social media sharing and outreach. A crowdfunding campaign on social media should incorporate the following design tips in order to drive donors to support your cause and surpass your target: Inspire action with video. Now that you know what you have to do to design the best crowdfunding campaign for your cause, let’s dive into how you can achieve it! Include your branding design. . Guest Post by Fundly.

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Inspiration for your Nonprofit Website Design


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

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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. Scalability of a logo can easily be developed with vector-design software, except for the fact that scalability really means that the logo has an impact when a 70×70 pixel logo on a website and a 2ft x 2ft color logo on a banner at a fair. Microsoft’s New Logo: Top Brand Designers Weigh In.

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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. Which is not an especially useful answer. So, let’s create some really useful answers together, shall we? Maybe 10 or even 20 useful answers? Want to help? Please? Here’s how this will work. Step 1: Review the Sample Data.

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How NOT to design the perfect fundraising campaign


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. Because this is what happens to your efforts when you let your staff, your board members, your volunteers, and your donors tell you what they like most and how to design the perfect fundraiser.

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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. Graphic Design Guest Bloggers Nonprofit Communications Publication Management style guide

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The challenges of nonprofit website design


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.

#DESIGN: How To Follow The Branding Guidelines Of Twitter

Non Profit Marketing 360

Advice Branding Case Study Communications Design Education: General Graphic Design How-to Marketing Resource Social Media Technology Twitter Web and Print Web Design branding Business design Icon Marketing and Advertising Online Communities Social network Style guideAnd no. Birds of a feather? Not for that poor Twitter bird : perhaps no other icon in modern business is both better known and abused well beyond the company’s style guide.

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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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. The post On Tap This Month: Trends Survey, Graphic Design, and, Of Course, Thanksgiving appeared first on 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. We’ve heard some great ideas , and I’m leaning towards adding sections that get more at life on the job, in addition to which marketing tactics you plan to use. I am considering sections on. Compensation/Salaries for nonprofit communications staff.

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4 Easy Ways to Become Designated as a Planned Gift Beneficiary


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. A donor just needs a pen, a beneficiary designation form, and the desire to create a legacy gift. Bank accounts allow donors to designate a “pay on death” beneficiary. Keep in mind that beneficiary designations apply to almost every adult age group.

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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. Tags: E-Newsletters Graphic Design Nonprofit Communications This Thursday I’m teaching a webinar called “ On-the-Spot E-Newsletter Makeovers: Get Your E-Newsletter into Better Shape.&#

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


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! The designer behind the new Netherlands road system shares: “One day I was sitting in my car in the Netherlands, and I was amazed by these roads we spend millions on but no one seems to care what they look like and how they behave,” the designer behind the concept, Daan Roosegaarde, told

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. Emotion, after all, is a key element in our equation for a great case for support. Rationale + Urgency + Emotion = Great Case Once you’ve written a great case statement, your next job is to make sure it […].

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 DesignYour brand is much more than your logo or name, and it can’t be summed up through a clever tagline or single message. Your brand is bigger than all those things combined. As Scott Bedbury suggests in his book A New Brand World, “Your brand is the […].

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


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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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.

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. But given all of Liberty’s printing capabilities I was a little underwhelmed by the designs I saw. Liberty is offering a canvas at least as interesting as what’s available to artists and designers at

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Your Ugly Baby - Design & Your Small Nonprofit

Social Media Bird Brain

Tags: small nonprofits newsletter design Small nonprofit message nonprofits

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