It was a huge year for Make a Mark communities around the world — with six make-a-thons across the country, and 14 chapters preparing for 2019’s events around the globe, passing 100 total projects (reaching 132 by year’s end), and surviving its first hurricane delay, Make a Mark chapters, nonprofits, and makers are doing incredible things. The new Make a Mark annual awards are a celebration of the Make a Mark spirit and those who espouse it.
The Kathy Graham Sullivan Community Impact Award is presented annually to an organization, team, or leader that has had a sizable impact on a meaningful problem for the people in its communities.
Dina Rice is the Founder and Executive Director of TAHPROOTS. On top of her day job, she works to make this organization a reality. Dina and the team at TAHPROOTS challenge people as young as nine to re-think and re-define themselves and the world around them. They use mobile initiatives, placing cameras in the hands of the students after school, and offer free community art workshops to engage and connect the community. They travel to host sites, resource materials and operate 100% by volunteers. TAHPROOTS believes in infusing art and advanced technologies within foundational literacies (beyond STEM) to help students not just make it to college, but make it through life.
Dina was selected by Make a Mark leadership and Kathy’s family. Kathy was an advocate for youth and for educational programming supporting youth, and Bill, Kathy's husband, was excited to see the work that Dina is doing with TAHPROOTS to serve those who need the support and encouragement the most.
The mission of 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic is to help youth from Bayview Hunters Point make healthy and safe decisions that improve their physical, emotional, and social health, empowering them to become successful, engaged adults. They do this by increasing access to primary and behavioral healthcare, providing a healthcare industry focused and recognized workforce development program, and offering low-barrier rapid re-housing for homeless youth.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County provides a coordinated and comprehensive response to child sexual and severe physical abuse with a trauma-informed approach for more than 600 children each year. Their staff acts as a continual support system and a stable sounding board for victims and their families.
This organization works to provide support, kindness, empathy, guidance and education on one of the most traumatic and darkest days that a family experiences. The Children’s Advocacy Center does the heavy lifting in their community and shines a light forward for many families that are struggling with this trauma.
Ovarian Cancer Project was founded in 2012 by Kathleen Maxian, an ovarian cancer survivor. The mission is to provide education on the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer and to provide supportive services for women with ovarian cancer in a world where there are no screening tests for this disease.
Kathleen's passion and energy is unmatched. She has been an advocate in the ovarian cancer community for many years and has received various accolades for her work in education, awareness and advocacy including the Cindy Melancon Spirit Award and the Carolyn Pultz Brown Leadership Award.
Emily and Bridget are two amazing women who face daily challenges with a topic that many of us overlook – how do we connect women back to their families, their community, and their lives once they are released from the correctional system? A 12-week program, PIVOT provides women critical services in a time when they feel most disconnected. Bridget and Emily started PIVOT at the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab after having many years of experience working in mentorship roles. Their kindness, patience and support for women truly makes a community impact.
Rebuilding Together Charlotte, Rebuilding Together, although technically a national organization, has a self-supporting chapter in Charlotte that is in an ongoing battle against the severe housing crisis in the community. This organization reaches into underserved communities targeting at-risk homeowners to offer safe, accessible, and energy-efficient solutions to repair houses and keep the elderly, low-income, disabled, and veteran homeowners safely in their homes. When volunteers repair homes and offer families and individuals safe living spaces, it promotes accountability and diversity while revitalizing underserved communities in the area. As a result, homelessness and health issues due to poor living conditions decrease while child attendance and education increase when offered a safe and healthy space to live.
The SeekHealing project is a new and innovative nonprofit working to address the opioid and heroin crisis. SeekHealing takes a fresh approach to preventing addiction relapse and overdose patterns by empowering people to find true healing after detox. The premise of their model is inspired by recent research that indicates authentic experiences of connection are the cornerstone of successful recovery. In a short period of time, SeekHealing has moved from an idea to an organization that is helping people.
Welcome Home provides shelter, healing and compassionate end of life care for those in need. For those who are homeless, have a mental illness, criminal record, substance abuse issues, there are very limited options for shelter for end of life care. Sherry Campbell was a social worker for many years at a local hospice and kept meeting people who were dying without treatment, a home, and ultimately without hope. People were dying in their cars, behind buildings and on the street. The situation continued to worsen as nursing homes began moving toward rehabilitative care, leaving very few beds for hospice care. In 2014, Sherry and a small group of her friends and colleagues started their journey by renting a home that could house a handful of people who were dying but had no place to go.
The Outstanding Innovation in Humanitarian Sector Award is presented annually to an organization taking an innovative or entrepreneurial approach to their business model, services or other operations in the humanitarian sector.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a nonprofit coworking space, community and launchpad for social innovators. CSI provides their members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. They are a home for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs by providing affordable office space and programming to jump start these efforts. CSI is pioneering a new model of social innovation making it accessible to all budding businesses and organizations.
The mission of 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic is to help youth from Bayview Hunters Point make healthy and safe decisions that improve their physical, emotional, and social health, empowering them to become successful, engaged adults. They do this by increasing access to primary and behavioral healthcare, providing a healthcare industry focused and recognized workforce development program, and offering low-barrier rapid re-housing for homeless youth. 3rd Street continues to innovate on the type of programs and services (even including a recording studio) that they offer to those who need them the most.
Digi-Bridge offers students and their families hands-on learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. They aspire to create a generation of well-equipped 21st century learners by providing courses, events, and curricula which allow scholars and families access to educators, instruction, and toolkits to further their experience and education.
The mission of H*Art Gallery is to create hope and opportunity through art. H*Art began as outreach to the homeless population, but after realizing that there are numerous communities in need of creative expression, their programs grew to include low-income seniors, those with physical or mental challenges, refugees, and inner-city and at-risk youth.
This gallery is a staple in the community and takes a unique approach to nonprofit work. In addition to arts education, they display and sell the artwork produced by these individuals. With an innovative 60-30-10 model, 60% of the sale goes to the artist, 30% goes back to the gallery and the final 10% goes to an organization in the community of that artist’s choosing. This is a way to allow these individuals, who often feel like they take, but cannot give, a chance to contribute back to the organizations that have supported them or are meaningful to them in some way.
Pop Up Produce was created from a passion to grow food and grow community. By fusing innovation, social entrepreneurship and sustainability, the team built a 'one for many' model through their Fresh Start Kits. With every kit purchase, they donate resources to local families in food deserts. Through this revenue stream, the team builds gardens and teaches 'pop up' garden lesson plans in the local school system, taking the knowledge out of the textbook and applying hands-on learning in an outdoor classroom experience.
Techtonica aims to increase diversity in the tech industry, counter income disparity, alleviate displacement, and break down barriers into tech by offering local women and non-binary adults tuition-free tech training, mentorship, and placement at sponsoring tech companies to start their careers. Participants are offered living and childcare stipends during the apprenticeship to help offset the high cost of living in the Bay Area and make their tech training program more accessible to participants balancing education with living costs and family obligations.
Veterans Healing Farm is a community farm geared toward fostering friendships, providing meaningful activity and personal empowerment for veterans. Veterans Healing Farm's mission is to create a thriving micro-community of veterans and civilians who implement innovative gardening techniques and foster a healing and therapeutic environment.
The founder and director, John Mashie, started with a farm to serve veterans by growing and donating nourishing food and flowers to veterans. Over time, the farm has provided not only food, but emotional support as they have fostered a community of support among veterans and civilians working together on the farm. Participants build friendships and improve their emotional, physical and spiritual help. John has been innovative in his approach to helping veterans. The farm has offered workshops and programs including farming boot camps, equine therapy medicinal herb therapy and beekeeping.
WTMD’s project at the Baltimore Make-a-Thon was a website to help Maryland residents discover more local Baltimore artists. In addition to this website, WTMD supports local artists daily, with in-house concerts, 'Live Lunches' and other events throughout the Baltimore region. Not to mention their 'First Thursdays' series, which is a large, free music festival on the first of every month at the Canton Waterfront Park during the summer. Their dedication to celebrate local bands and innovative approach to showcasing them drives the music scene in Baltimore.
The Outstanding Nonprofit + Maker Collaboration Award is presented annually to a Make a Mark team (both makers and the organizational representative) that formed a strong partnership through collaboration, creativity and a deep understanding of one another.
Icing Smiles is committed to providing cakes to terminally ill children and their families to help create warm memories and laughs. For this project, the organization wanted a video to help convey their mission to families and potential bakers. The initial expectation was to do a slideshow video with previous photos, but the team went above and beyond for this project, traveling many miles before the event itself to gather footage. The nonprofit team was also fantastic, helping to book interviews and make suggestions of footage throughout the project's development. The result was actually two videos, one to recruit bakers and one to spread the word to families.
The Academy of Friends makers worked closely with their nonprofit representative to create something that was exactly on brand to what the organization needed and they had a blast working on it! They were asked to design an image to represent the Academy of Friends' annual AIDs Academy Awards Viewing Party fundraiser. It had to be sexy and mysterious and clearly exhibit the theme for the event. They started by designing simple posters that fit the theme, but when the nonprofit representative came in midday, they collectively decided to pivot and produce something more elaborate and gaudy (as requested). The end result is exactly what the nonprofit wanted and they were thrilled at the result. The image they designed is going to be displayed everywhere — on bus stops, billboards, posters, digital ads and more.
This was a perfect match from the get-go. Both Daniel and Amanda, nonprofit representatives, were incredibly passionate about their mission to provide beds and home furnishing to those families and children transitioning out of homelessness. The maker team was equally passionate about their mission. The makers took time off of work to volunteer with the organization and deliver a truck full of furniture to furnish an apartment for a mother and her two children who had recently transitioned out of a shelter and had been living in an apartment with no furniture. It was an emotional morning that kicked off incredible work to support their Giving Tuesday goal to provide 1k beds for kids in one week. Even after the original Charlotte Make-a-Thon was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence, the team continued working on the project, meeting after hours and delivering initial assets to prep the Beds for Kids team for Giving Tuesday. Then on the day of the Charlotte Make-a-Thon, they continued working for 12 hours to create additional assets Beds for Kids could use moving forward. Daniel gave a heartfelt speech at the end of demos and has implemented the work into their social communications.
Helpmate is the largest domestic violence agency in Western North Carolina with programs that are designed specifically for victims of domestic violence. Their programs seek to restore personal power to survivors of domestic violence who have been disempowered by individual and systemic abuse.
During the last week before the Asheville Make-a-Thon, there were some nonprofit personnel changes. Helpmate's new representative, Neela McDade, worked extremely hard to make sure the makers had digestible content and an understanding of the target market for the project. The makers all thought outside the box to create an incredibly thoughtful, engaging and spot-on campaign to enable Helpmate to reach a younger audience in their effort to help identity, prevent and end domestic violence. The makers and the nonprofit were so mutually supportive of each other, and their work was a testament to the relationship they built in a shorter time than other teams.
Kahlon Family Services brings quality education to children with learning or behavioral needs. Their goal is to be able to bring all the specialized services and tools required to meet children’s needs while maintaining the quality of education. Their approach is to provide a smaller classroom settings, with one-on-one attention.
This team was a fantastic crew, working with great vigor and excitement to pull together a meaningful project for Kahlon Family Services. From Vanessa Kahlon, “Thank you for a wonderful day and putting so much thought into revamping our school’s website…with Make a Mark. You all rocked it!!!”
Second Life Tennessee exists to see the formerly-enslaved live free, full lives. They assist in finding safe places for survivors, as well as partnering with agencies that want to offer their services. Second Life Tennessee was looking to build a brand and campaign around the state and national human trafficking hotlines, as well as the signs and red flags of human trafficking in the city and surrounding area.
What a dream team! This was a perfect blend of passion, ideation, strategy and creation. The brainstorming between this team began during their planning meeting and continued to grow with new ideas leading up to and during their check-in at the Chattanooga Make-a-Thon. The makers truly did their research to understand the human trafficking issue and Lilly Feliz, the nonprofit representative, was there to support, provide additional insight, continue to ideate with the team and make tough decisions at the event itself.
The campaign that the team created, “Eyes Up,” encourages everyone to be a part of keeping their community safe. As the team presented, “Victims of human trafficking are instructed to keep their eyes on the ground at all times. It’s our responsibility to keep our eyes up.”
Think!Chinatown is a collective of neighbors and advocates working to keep Chinatown a vibrant place of inter- generational learning, cultural production & civic engagement. The mission is to attract and connect resources for Chinatown organizations and businesses.
The organization was looking for an overall brand that would encapsulate the organization’s mission and connect it better with its audience. Chinatown is a broad geographical area and can be hard to define. The organization wanted their new brand to represent this. Their team of makers listened diligently to Yin Kong, Think!Chinatown Co-Founder, and developed a brand that represented the unique geographical and cultural aspects of Chinatown. While this event was being planned remotely, the team managed to find times before the NYC Make-a-Thon to meet all together and learn more about one another to make this project a success.
The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga unites efforts for social change that improve life for women and girls across their region. Through advocacy and philanthropy, they catalyze movement toward a just society that is safe, nurturing, and full of opportunity for women. They leverage advocacy, philanthropy and a robust network of partners to address the root causes of inequity and to create lasting change for the women of TN. The Women’s Fund was looking to unify their branding with a particular emphasis on refreshing two of their programs.
This amazing, powerful group of female makers worked to create two distinct brands for the Women’s Fund with support and guidance from Emily O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund. This successful collaboration could not have happened without everyone being willing to put the time and effort into listening to one another and actively brainstorming on how to showcase the different programs to support women in Chattanooga.
Womxn Rank was founded in 2017 by Kari Hodges. They are building a platform for women to anonymously report on sexism, assault, rape and harassment. They are starting with an app where women can create a community where they can ask for help, offer support and keep each other informed about safety and inclusion. As a new initiative, Womxn Rank was struggling with creating a design narrative that captures the energy and power of their audience. A cohesive brand is what they needed. Their team of four makers worked closely together and with Kari to build out a beautiful brand including a new logo, color palette, brand patterns, mock ups for the app and incredible assets that could be used across the app, social media, the website and well beyond. This group truly connected and that is clear in how they were able to capture the essence and energy of Womxn Rank in their work. They continued an email chain of thanks and gratitude to one another the day after the event and coordinated a reunion to launch the brand.
An email from Kari: "You guys are so fantastic! I keep talking about how wonderful my team is. Very seriously – it is a lonely, crazy, wonderful experience starting something – asking people to believe in it. Working with all of you was an opportunity to share a vision for a better world with people I admire, respect and trust."
The Outstanding Project Award recognizes the most outstanding project made at a Make a Mark event in the last year. Nominations were made by Make a Mark chapter leaders and Make a Mark leadership. Join us in congratulating these incredible nominees and check out the projects.
Downside Up was formed by Theresa Nix when her son was diagnosed with Down syndrome, but she was unable to find the resources, network and support that she was searching for as a parent. When someone has a baby who has a disability, many parents share the poem Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley. It is about planning a trip to Italy but ending up in Holland — realizing that although it is a different place, it is still very beautiful. Theresa and the team, using the power of social media, crowdsourced custom videos of families, including parents, children and individuals with Down syndrome reading the poem from across the world.
Carolina Family Connections provides family foster care services for children in need of out-of-home placement in North Carolina. Carolina Family Connections came to us needing a brand refresh. They established their brand in 2006 and had been using outdated materials since. They wanted to position themselves to be more relevant in the community and extend their audience reach. Since CFC did not want a new brand identity, but simply a refresh, the maker team tweaked their logo to make it cleaner and easily transferrable across different mediums. They established a new tagline and provided a social media toolkit. In addition, they created a stationery suite (business cards, giving letters), print collateral (brochure, flyer), infographics, and even a balloon and t-shirt. CFC implemented their new logo across all platforms the day following the event and has updated their website to reflect the new tagline and image recommendations. It has been an exciting process to watch as they used their new tools to help engage potential foster families and donors.
Loving Neighbors Child Development Center is a brand new organization. It is a collaborative effort by members of four churches to address the needs of their neighbors. Its goal is to provide high quality early childhood care and education for families living in poverty in Asheville. The Loving Neighbors team created a beautiful logo and website template for a budding nonprofit. The language and watercolors that were crafted were uniquely appropriate for the nonprofit.
TAHPROOTS is helping local youth after school by bringing in photography and videography equipment to their locations, and allowing them to learn how to utilize this art form to express themselves. The organization was looking to relaunch its image including a brand refresh and guidelines that would help drive design decisions moving forward. The team created a robust umbrella brand as well as coordinating program branding. Each program was given custom illustrations to best capture the uniqueness of that program. Of course it wouldn't be complete without some fabulous mock ups to showcase how the new brand could be used.
Aspire Education Project dedicates itself to the academic excellence of students in the San Francisco Bay Area through building relationships, encouraging academic engagement, and empowering those they teach to educate others. For the San Francisco Make-a-Thon, their team worked on a creating a fresh new brand with custom illustrations and design elements.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a nonprofit coworking space, community, and launchpad for social innovators. CSI was looking to develop a social plan that could be implemented after the event. They wanted help growing their followers, identifying the most effective platforms, and determining audiences. They were also looking for guidance from brand character to tone to visual guidelines. Their team was made up of three talented makers who worked carefully to craft the perfect message for CSI.
Think!Chinatown is a collective of neighbors and advocates working to keep Chinatown a vibrant place of inter- generational learning, cultural production & civic engagement. The mission is to attract and connect resources for Chinatown organizations and businesses. The organization was looking for an overall brand that would encapsulate the organization’s mission and connect it better with its audience. Chinatown is a broad geographical area and can be hard to define. The organization wanted their new brand to represent this. The makers spent the day crafting a brand that captures the diverse geography of Chinatown, as well as updating the organization's website to match that new branding.
Trash Free Maryland works to foster cleaner, healthier, and more equitable communities by advocating for change at the policy level. Trash Free Maryland came to us with the concept of a new logo. The Make a Mark Baltimore team was blown away by the work the team did and their process. The makers decided to divide and conquer. Emilee’s finished logo was a three-week brand redesign in 12 hours, as she explored many variations and ideas while Todd provided brand strategy and creative direction. The result was a clean, simple logo that the organization was able to use immediately as well as several other assets.
The Outstanding Creativity Award recognizes a creative and unique approach to reaching an organization’s goals with a project made at a Make a Mark event in the last year. Nominations were made by Make a Mark chapter leaders and Make a Mark leadership. Join us in congratulating these incredible nominees and check out the projects.
Ovarian Cancer Project was founded in 2012 by an ovarian cancer survivor. The mission is to provide education on the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer and to provide supportive services for women with ovarian cancer in a world where there are no screening tests for this disease. This organization was looking for a creative digital campaign to educate more women about the disease and its risk factors. The team came up with the idea for a campaign on social media (and beyond) called "Know Your O's" that is meant to be just scandalous enough to encourage women to share their concern and care for ovarian health.
The Real Food Real Stories maker team went above and beyond to create a visually stunning and well-designed style guide for their organization. Each member worked to develop a unique design proposal and then they put their heads together to merge the designs and develop a cohesive look and feel using the best of each member's work. They presented a complete presentation which highlighted examples of the style guide primarily using social media posts.
The mission of Second Life Tennessee is to end human trafficking through prevention, policy and survivor services. The organization exists to see the formerly-enslaved live free, full lives. They assist in finding safe places for survivors, as well as partnering with agencies that want to offer their services. Second Life Tennessee was looking to build a brand and campaign around the state and national human trafficking hotlines, as well as the signs and red flags of human trafficking in the city and surrounding area. The campaign that the team created will encourage everyone to be a part of keeping our community safe. As the team presented, “Victims of human trafficking are instructed to keep their eyes on the ground at all times. It’s our responsibility to keep our eyes up.” It is already being heavily utilized and spread throughout the region.
Welcome Home of Chattanooga provides shelter, healing and compassionate end of life care for those in need. For those who are homeless, have a mental illness, criminal record, substance abuse, there are very limited options for shelter for end of life care. The initial vision for this project was to tell the true story behind death and dying, and to debunk the traditional myths through photos and a well-designed and strategized social media campaign. Not only did the team accomplish this, they focused on starting the conversation around death and dying, with the idea in mind that we should be having these conversations early and often to ensure a peaceful and loving end of life experience.
Baltimore Rock Opera Society is a nonprofit composed of highly energetic volunteer actors, writers, designers, builders, musicians, and artists with the mission of producing original, live rock operas. One of the board members, Shannon Hadley, came to Make a Mark needing a complete revisit of their back end as they were not able to update the site currently due to its age and how it was initially designed. On the day of the event, the team initially struggled to think of a solution to clean up the current website in the time allowed. Instead of “untangling” the back end, the BROS team came up with the idea of completely scrapping the existing site and using the 12 hours to completely set up a brand new WordPress installation that would meet their goals and set BROS up for success. This feat that started as an almost impossible challenge and grew to be something beautiful is so reminiscent of the problems we tend to face as creatives in our daily lives and jobs.
Over the past several years, Make a Mark has been working to bridge the gap between the design and technology community and the nonprofit sector. As part of this, we’ve been looking for ways to provide resources to all nonprofits and makers to support their work. For this project, we wanted a digital resource that could be distributed to all nonprofits and altruistic creators. The resource created would be an incredibly valuable asset for nonprofits as they advocate for good design in their organizations, as well as a tool for our maker audience to use as they work with these organizations. Derya, David and Riley came up with an amazing set of resources to help communicate the power of design for the humanitarian sector.
Trips for Kids runs the Recyclery, a bike donation and refurbish center which is the main source of income for Trips for Kids. They also host their “Earn-a-bike” and mentorship ride programs out of this location. The Recyclery is located in an obscure location – a warehouse-type building housing several other businesses – and is not clearly marked. Frequently visitors are unsure of the shop hours and how to locate the space, resulting in a loss of volunteers, program participants, and clientele. Because of this, although it was not an initial ask from the nonprofit, the maker team designed an easy and inexpensive way to clearly define the entrance and drive traffic into the Recyclery as an added bonus. They offered simple paint solutions to direct visitors to the Recyclery door, a magnetic door sign with their hours indicating the entrance, and a large, visible sign at the entrance of the parking lot so those driving by would immediately know where to go. In addition, one of the makers became heavily invested in the project and offered to use her CDC machine to route and install a new sign as a gift to Trips for Kids.
Womxn Rank was founded in 2017. They are building a platform for women to anonymously report on sexism, assault, rape and harassment. They are starting with an app where women can create a community where they can ask for help, offer support and keep each other informed about safety and inclusion. As a new initiative, Womxn Rank was struggling with creating a design narrative that captures the energy and power of their audience. A cohesive brand is what they needed. They would then have an identity to look to when making decisions about layout, content, colors, patterns and visual message. This would be something that they could feel confident in. Talk about creative - the team captured the energy and essence of this effort perfectly with a captivating new brand.
The Outstanding Transformation Award recognizes an impressive and meaningful transformation over what was previously used with a project made at a Make a Mark event in the last year. Nominations were made by Make a Mark chapter leaders and Make a Mark leadership. Join us in congratulating these incredible nominees and check out the projects.
ChattaNeuter provides professional, subsidized spay/neuter services to eliminate the unnecessary euthanasia of cats and dogs due to overpopulation and lack of resources, while empowering communities to care responsibly for their pets. The organization is helping residents in our community who are underserved by helping them care for their pets. ChattaNeuter was looking for a website that better reflects their personality, the work that they do and the needs they are trying to meet, as well as making it easier for clients and staff to use. Their team took energetic and lively photos to better capture the personality of the staff and their animals. Using their talents, they built out a website that includes the simple, yet elegant functionality that clients and staffers need to be more efficient while incorporating the new photos.
A Child’s Place works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. In need of increased awareness, donations, and funding, A Child’s Place looked to Make a Mark to revamp their existing website. Text-heavy with no content hierarchy and little focus, the maker team reworked both the content structure and design to provide clarity, focus, and emotion to A Child’s Place's mission and key audiences. The team designed a strategy to turn the website into a more succinct and effective destination for every potential visit, reinforcing the purpose of A Child's Place, the impact of audience involvement, and the ultimate call to action to join the cause and donate.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County provides a coordinated and comprehensive response to child sexual and severe physical abuse with a trauma-informed approach for more than 600 children each year. Their staff acts as a continual support system and a stable sounding board for victims and their families. The CAC wanted help intentionally designing the Handbook for Caregivers Guide to distribute to non-offending caregivers of children who are victims of child sexual abuse and/or victims of severe physical abuse. The organization had developed the content for the booklet but needed help with organizing the messaging and copy, as well as with the design and layout. Those receiving this guide are often in shock and need something that is easy to understand and digest.
Halau O’Aulani was in need of a refresh. A friendly organization that welcomes anyone hoping to learn more about Hawaiian culture, it was unfortunately not very easy for users to find out what was happening at the school. Their previous website had old photography that was difficult to update, internal logins that were not used anymore, and a complicated UX that needed a more modern approach and responsive layout. Even one of the board members, Jonalyne, said it was an eye sore that she had been wanting help on for years. Fortunately, Alex, Joey, and Heather were more than up to the task. With Alex and Joey as developers, and Heather as the designer, they were able to create several templates that gave Halau O’Aulani a much needed fresh coat of paint and an energy that matches their program.
This maker team faced their share of challenges, but came out with an outstanding result and beautiful, thoughtful transformation. Every Day is a Miracle is run entirely by volunteers without any design expertise. The organization was in need of a rebrand that would resonate with both the community and its clients. Those running the organization were looking for something that was still a visual representation of the urban environment that they work in, but with imagery that could stand alone unlike their existing logo.
Gentle Mothering is a nonprofit organization that provides support to low-income women and Latinx families during childbirth by providing affordable childbirth clases, birth and postpartum services in Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas. The Gentle Mothering maker team put together an absolutely amazing transformation including a rebrand and website for their nonprofit. Gentle Mothering came to us with a website and logo created by their founder. They managed to capture Gloria Maria’s ideas and spirit and translated them into a beautifully modern package. That transformation was truly beautiful to watch - the team members took such care in translating Gloria's original vision, even down to listening when she mentioned purple was a favorite color. In addition to the tools from the make-a-thon, one of the makers, Jennifer Drum, worked many hours beyond the make-a-thon to help Gentle Mothering fully implement the new logo. Jennifer was instrumental in completing the website.
The Life of Hope Center (LOH) is a community-based organization which fosters opportunities for youth and families in Central Brooklyn, with a focus on Haitians and other immigrant groups. LOH seeks to create hope and capacity in education and economic opportunity through adult, youth and family programming. The demand for Life of Hope’s services has grown and for this reason, LOH was seeking help with design and messaging for brochures and other materials for prospective program participants and donors, communicating their impact in the community. The maker team took an existing logo that wasn't often being used and transformed it into an entire brand. They expanded the color pallette and pulled shapes and lines from the logo, creating brand patterns to be used across materials. Now Life of Hope truly has a brand and the autonomy and options to make their own design choices.
The Wild Oyster Project's aim is to bring native oysters back to San Francisco Bay through restoration, community engagement, and thoughtful urban planning. The Wild Oyster maker team created a refreshed brand with a new logo, color pallette, custom illustration, pattern, typography, sample use cases and clear brand guidelines to follow moving forward.