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3 Infographics Full Of Good Info About Nonprofits

Today is apparently infographic day since my inbox led to two great data rich visuals. Here are a set of infographics that provide a glimpse into research that looked at nonprofits as a group. I’m on the look out for the best nonprofit mission and program visuals from nonprofits and hope to post a follow up on those – please leave any that you love in the comments.

1. Digital Teams: Just out today is this one from Jason Mogus’s company Communicopia. They did some timely original research to understand how non-profit leaders manage digital & online initiatives in their organizations. The topline summary is laid out in this bright infographic.
Communicopia Digital Teams research infographic


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Interactive Infographic Fun

I’ve been thinking about data visualization and infographics for a while now. I’ve loved them since before it was cool I think. I’ll be writing more about some ways to create them for nonprofits soon, but for now I just want to highlight one fun example.

One of the site in this 12 Creative Design Elements Inspiring the Next Generation of UX post from  SEOmoz caught my eye. The entire post is full of inspiration and eye-candy for designers but the Maersk interactive infographic hooked me and as I kept playing with it I started thinking about why. Read more ›


Take Aways from Design for Mobile Seminar

So I’m back and as promised, here’s what I have to report.

I definitely went to the big city, both literally and figuratively. San Francisco and the Nielsen Norman Group seminar respectively – both a bit like Oz. They were exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure.

While I was already a bit intimidated by the vast sea of things to learn about designing for mobile/tablet sites and apps, I found things are even more complicated than I knew. So much for a quick one day learning experience. As usual, I have been sucked into researching and reading everything I can get my hands on about this new (to me) area of design. Read more ›


Into the Future

smart phone: FEMA image, public domainI have a confession to make. I am sort of a Luddite when it comes to cell phones, smart phones, and hand-helds of all kinds. The virtual office doesn’t have cell signal, so I’ve fallen behind on this branch of technology. I know basic design principals hold true and how to make a site mobile-friendly, but feel I should know more.

So what’s different about designing for these little screens? That’s what I’ll be finding out next week in a full-day training on Visual Design for Mobile Devices and Tablets during the Nielsen Norman Group Usability Week in San Francisco. I’ll report back.


More Updates

The new year has brought fulfilling projects and exciting opportunities and we have a recent launch, present site transition and a panel SXSW to talk about. Read more ›


Recent Launches & News

Its been a busy week and about to get busier. Right now I am getting ready to head to the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco and I am really looking forward to meeting some longtime and new online friends while I am there. I’ll be interviewing my fellow Idealware bloggers too and posting the results on the Idealware blog soon.

Also this week we launched the Bailout Watch Web site – a group project by six leading organizations in government transparency. If you have been wondering where all that TARP money went or need some help understanding the who, what and where of the bailout, check out the Bailout Watch site. Find out more in our portfolio.

And one more thing… NRDC asked us to translate their Eat Local campaign design to this cute little widget that’s all kinds of handy for eating local and eating well. Just pick your location and the time of year and you’ll see what’s available fresh in your neighborhood. This was another fun one and I learned a lot working with Sean Fremouw of Free Flow Data about iWidgets, which allows for the widget’s functionality and ability to be shared on all the popular social network sites and more.

Its really fantastic to get to work on projects where I learn more about the issue and that I know I will use them myself.


Sample Web Site Project Plan

Although every project is unique, I have found that sometimes its helpful to get a sense of the common steps involved in a visual way. I decided to post the generic project plan I share with my clients here in the hopes that it will help someone just diving into their Web site or redesign project get a handle on what to consider.

Download the Sample Project Plan PDF (385k) here.


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