Designing for Good: The Best of Nonprofit Designs Episode #2 | npENGAGE

Designing for Good: The Best of Nonprofit Designs Episode #2

By on Apr 27, 2016 | NONPROFIT-MARKETING

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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. We found this month’s curation to be even more impactful and impressive than our first episode with mediums ranging from interactive design to even sculpture (look close).

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

Whether the design be visceral and gritty or lighthearted and humorous, each shares a singular purpose. Each design is meant to provoke a reaction and elicit a response for good. Each nonprofit is making a thousand voice, message, and pixel choices to push the world to engage, support, and advocate for a better world.

So are you are crafting email appeals, developing content across social channels, or is a full-time designer doing everything? Do you spend time and energy to painstakingly “get the message right”? Let these designs shout at you that it’s time well spent. Know that your energy and passion is making a difference to your organization and growing it’s impact by inspiring others.

Soak these in and stay proud, fellow designers!

Mind-blowing mashup of clay sculpture and image manipulation wizardry by @GrabarzPartner for @robin_woodMind-blowing mashup of clay sculpture and image manipulation wizardry by @GrabarzPartner for @robin_wood

 

Super crisp and clean direct mailer fundraising appeal by Beth Elzer (@macbethdc) for imperial.ac.uk (@imperialcollege)

Super crisp and clean direct mailer fundraising appeal by Beth Elzer (@macbethdc) for imperial.ac.uk (@imperialcollege)

 

Before & after illustrations of neighborhoods transformed by Cecily Anderson of Anagram for Healthy Rowhouse Project by Barra Foundation (@BarraFdn)

Before & after illustrations of neighborhoods transformed by Cecily Anderson of Anagram for Healthy Rowhouse Project by Barra Foundation (@BarraFdn)

 

Complete responsive redesign with some parallax by design veteran Allison Flanary of @BBInteractive for wcachicago.org@YWCAChicago.

Complete responsive redesign with some parallax by design veteran Allison Flanary of @BBInteractive for wcachicago.org (@YWCAChicago). See “before” website design via Wayback Machine.

 

Rock solid website “refresh” by Erin Holloway of @atendesign for ncwit.org (@NCWIT)

Rock solid website “refresh” by Erin Holloway of @atendesign for ncwit.org (@NCWIT). See “before” website design via Wayback Machine.

 

Strong and faithful logo design by crazy talented artist Eric Maniscalco for caninecrusadefoundation.org(@CanineCrusadeNY)

Strong and faithful logo design by crazy talented artist Eric Maniscalco for caninecrusadefoundation.org (@CanineCrusadeNY)

 

New logo design by Lauren Motl (@EllieEm13) exudes past and present with a retro yet timeless branding effort for Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (@ccalt)

New logo design by Lauren Motl (@EllieEm13) exudes past and present with a retro yet timeless branding effort for Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (@ccalt)

 

Clever and intriguing graphic design juxtaposing the North Korean regime and “Freedom” undefined by Italo Fierro for change.org (@Change)

Clever and intriguing graphic design juxtaposing the North Korean regime and “Freedom” undefined by Italo Fierro (@r3spira) for change.org (@Change)

 

Would be very hard to ignore this splashy mailer by Jane Gleissner for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia(@ChildrensPhila).

How many “Save the Date” event collaterals have you received in mail? Would be very hard to ignore this splashy mailer by Jane Gleissner (@JBackes) for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia(@ChildrensPhila).

 

Funky interactive by Nice & Serious (@niceandserious) advocating affordable UK housing and preventing homelessness for Shelter.org.uk (@Shelter)

Funky interactive by Nice & Serious (@niceandserious) advocating affordable UK housing and preventing homelessness for Shelter.org.uk (@Shelter)

 

Savvy responsive redesign heavy on fresh content and storytelling by unknown design firm for advocacy group DairyGood.org (@DairyGood).

Savvy responsive redesign heavy on fresh content and storytelling by unknown design firm for advocacy group DairyGood.org (@DairyGood). See “before” website design via Wayback Machine.

 

A single engaging visual with a strong, succinct appeal by Jake Blankenship for Heifer Internal (@Heifer)

A single engaging visual with a strong, succinct appeal by Jake Blankenship for Heifer Internal (@Heifer)

 

Give a kidney appeal brochure with strong infographics throughout by Alice Rose for GiveaKidney.org (@Giveakidney)

Give a kidney appeal brochure with strong infographics throughout by Alice Rose for GiveaKidney.org (@Giveakidney)

 

Magazine style calendar design concept by Linh Pham (@creative_liph) for frauncestavernmuseum.org

Magazine style calendar design concept by Linh Pham (@creative_liph) for frauncestavernmuseum.org

And lastly, some promising student designs for nonprofits…

Staggeringly deep end-to-end beautiful identity concept by student designer (wow!) Michael Dolejs (@michaeldolejs) for Plzen Zoo

Staggeringly deep end-to-end beautiful identity concept by student designer (wow!) Michael Dolejs (@michaeldolejs) for Plzen Zoo

 

Simple, effective ad campaign by Ashley Tann, Kara Albe, and Edgar Rios for onepicturesaves.com (@OnePictureSaves)

Simple, effective ad campaign by Ashley Tann, Kara Albe, Hector De Leon, and Edgar Rios for onepicturesaves.com (@OnePictureSaves)

Originally published by Designing for Good on @Medium. Follow Designing for Good on Twitter for more daily sparks of nonprofit design inspiration.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brandon Granger curates @Design_for_Good and is a Senior Interaction Designer at Blackbaud for Luminate Online, Online Express, MobilePay, and other products. Brandon has been crafting user experiences for the web and mobile apps for nonprofits for 15+ years. He has a passion for user research, usability testing, high-fidelity prototyping, responsive design, mobile design, and web accessibility. Brandon graduated from the University of North Texas with an undergraduate degree in Film Studies. You can follow him at @bkgranger.

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