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Conquer Your Website Design Accessibility and Inclusion Challenge

By Pat Heffernan on 11/9/17 10:05 AM

Making sure that your website reaches and communicates effectively to everyone requires attention to many factors—design, language, search optimization, and adherence to accessibility guidelines and regulations. I’ll look specifically at website design for accessibility in this blog post and address inclusive language and other factors in a future post.

Topics: Design Diversity inclusion Accessibility
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A Vermont designer’s marketing observations in Morocco

By Brad Pettengill on 7/27/17 10:00 AM

 

For her recent birthday, my wife wanted to wake up in an exotic location. She wanted to experience Morocco, despite the warnings from friends and family about "that part of the world" in this current geopolitical climate. Nevertheless, she persisted, and soon we were poring over printouts from Google Earth, planning the route that would take us around the entire country in seven days.

Topics: Design Brand Identity messaging Vermont
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How to select the best typography for your infographics

By Guest Blogger on 4/20/17 10:00 AM

 


You sit down at your computer to develop an infographic and couldn’t be more excited to share it with your mission driven audience. Then you suddenly remember you’re not a designer. Not to worry. In the online world today, nearly anyone has access to free graphic design software and tools to create an infographic. Unfortunately, the increase of free design tools has created an increase in badly designed infographics, and poor typography is often the reason. Your goal is to reach the right audience with the right message at the right time — a poorly designed infographic will be a big fail.

Topics: Design Infographics
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Image Resolution and Quality: What you need to know.

By Dave Bowers on 3/30/17 10:00 AM

 

Why do you need to know about image resolution? If you are ever going to print something, put a graphic on the web, or create a PowerPoint presentation yourself, you want to know about resolution and why it matters for quality.

If you are partnering with graphic design or website development professionals, you need to know what resolution is needed from your digital asset library so your deliverables can be top quality.

Topics: Design Website Design and Development Marketing Photography
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Vision Changes: Typography for Aging Audiences

By Brad Pettengill on 3/23/17 10:00 AM

 

A reader recently responded to my blog post Typeface Choice: Ask yourself Three Questions, by raising an important series of questions on changing vision, information accessibility and type readability for an aging population. The reader works for a nonprofit community support agency that is developing outreach materials for rural seniors, adults with disabilities, caregivers and potential volunteers, and wanted advice on the best typeface to use to “keep the printed conversation going with our target population.”

Topics: Best & Promising Practices Design
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Which works best for changemakers—Illustration or Photography?

By Brad Pettengill on 2/23/17 10:00 AM

 

You need visual impact for your upcoming, mission-driven campaign or promotion. Which will work harder for you— illustration or photography? The short answer is, whatever your marketing professional’s research shows will appeal most to your target audience. This research can include customer age, income, education, nationality, gender, political leanings, lifestyle, buying history, and more. There are many other factors, though, such as the look and feel of your campaign, your brand story, the specifics of your marketing efforts. Every situation is unique, but here are some guidelines.

Topics: Design Visuals
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Design for Activism

By Brad Pettengill on 1/26/17 10:30 AM

 

Whether you are marketing a product to improve the environment using triple bottom line principles, working on a campaign to increase awareness of your socially responsible community service organization, or rallying support for your ideas for change using grass roots activism, impactful design will play a critical role in your success.

Topics: Design Leadership Advocacy
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How to Achieve Marketing Consistency in Your Materials

By Brad Pettengill on 10/20/16 10:54 AM

 

So you’ve decided to invest in a multi-faceted, multi-channel marketing campaign. Your presence, message and branding will appear in many channels—online ads, a website, a video on your website, newspaper ads, magazine print ads, signage, brochures, etc. Wondering how you will achieve a consistent look across all these iterations, and what just exactly is "marketing consistency" anyway? 

Topics: Design Marketing strategy Brand Identity
4 min read

Why should your nonprofit invest in good design?

By Brad Pettengill on 9/15/16 11:00 AM

 

Why should your nonprofit invest in good design? Your mission is pressing, the needs are great — why spend money on design when it seems like it would be better spent on something that has a more direct effect on your customer. Here’s why. Good design is universally understood and people respond to it.

Good design sells. Whatever you’re selling or promoting.

Topics: Design
7 min read

10 Effective Design Principles You Need to Know

By Brad Pettengill on 7/21/16 11:00 AM

 

Whether you’re creating a new page design for your website, an online ad, print brochure or an infographic, many of the same design principles apply. Color choice, use of shapes, and page layout or composition can make or break your marketing’s effectiveness. The difference between putting information on a page and actually making it visually appealing and effective so it works well for your marketing, is a singular focus on visual hierarchy or eye path.

Topics: Design Website Design and Development
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Capturing the Event: Don't forget your visual checklist

By Tara Pereira on 7/14/16 11:00 AM

 

You’ve been planning your next event for a while now — finding a location, building a schedule and making sure your speakers are ready to go. A lot of preparation goes into making an event go smoothly, but don't forget to record it. Part of your pre-planning should include an event visual checklist. At any fundraiser, product launch, or forum there is great opportunity for event visuals that can tell a story.

Topics: Design Brand Identity Visuals
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Marketing with Color: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

By Brad Pettengill on 6/30/16 11:30 AM

 

Last week I ran across a New York Times article detailing one marketing research company’s process to determine the ugliest color in the world. The winner, Pantone 448, was voted ugliest color in a survey of 1,000 smokers. As the article reports, “It was described as looking like death, filth, lung tar or baby excrement…” The purpose of this was to use that color in a social marketing campaign against tobacco—to get people to associate ugliness with tobacco use, to reinforce its detrimental health affects in a visual and subconscious way.

Yet some people have positive associations of "chocolate candy" for any dark brown color. How can you and your team decide on the best combination of marketing with color and effectiveness for your next project?

Topics: Design Our Brains
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