The development of a custom site for the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart was undertaken with a focus on creating a dynamic and visually pleasing site while providing intuitive navigation through highlighted content and a megamenu system. The site uses many modern design elements such as rotating high resolution background images, a large expandable "megamenu" for simple and straightforward navigation of the site, and the ability to provide up to the minute news and content on the main page.
Web design, by a nonprofit and for nonprofits. We are flexible and structure the project around the needs and the budget of the individual organization -- we do everything from simple starter sites and social media pointers to complex, custom sites that are built from the ground up. We work in partnership with nonprofits to determine needed content types, design a new sitemap and draw up wireframes before we start on the design. After the structural underpinnings are determined, we develop a new look and feel based on conversation and research, taking into account desired style, organizational colors, and priority. From there we convert the look and feel into code and integrate it into a content management system (CMS) which we choose based on the organization's website needs, since each CMS has its own pro's and con's. (Typically we build in Drupal or Joomla, however we are open to alternatives if the project calls for it).
The Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) had a website that was not serving them as well as they needed. It was built using Moodle (for a purpose that Moodle was not intended for) and was not user-friendly. After redesigning their logo, we developed a brighter, cleaner site integrating Drupal and CiviCRM and implementing some of the features that were lacking in their previous site. Some of the features that visitors can now use include:
We recently helped the Religious Formation Conference redesign and relaunch their website. They wanted a fresh design more in keeping with their branding and which was more vibrant and engaging. The site offers more value to their members through the members only area and will streamline their internal office procedures at the same time. The site is built in Drupal and will be fully integrated with CiviCRM for member management and donations in the coming months.
We designed a logo and developed a microsite for Avaaz.org's Elections Not Auctions campaign, aiming for a nonpartisan flavor. The logo is being used on everything from small printed play money bills, rubber stamps, and large banners at events. (See a slideshow of a recent event here).
CEDC designed the logo, print and web collateral materials for the Inspiring Women Benefit. The Inspiring Women Benefit raises funds to support the reduced and sliding fee scale counseling, educational programs and resources The Women’s Center offers to women and families who otherwise could not afford them.
LCWR was ready to move from the static HTML site that had been developed in-house to something that was easier to navigate and manage, with a focus on conveying a beautiful, professional, and vibrant mood. We kept some aspects from the original design for consistency of identity (such as the color scheme) and updated and revised the structure and design.
In conjunction with their website redesign, Nonprofit Roundtable asked us to rework their weekly eNewsletter, the Roundup. We matched styles with the new site and helped reduce visual clutter in the mailing. We converted the design to HTML, optimized for email, and tested on a variety of clients. Since the Roundtable uses Salesforce, we installed the template into their Salesforce account via a Vertical Response integration.
We worked with our longtime partner, Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington*, to redesign their website and prepare a template to function in the Nonprofit Soapbox+ service they had decided to use. We worked together with the team at PicNet to get the site ready to go, with CEDC handling most of the design-related tasks and template creation, and PicNet handling most of the Soapbox- and server-related functionality and the Salesforce integration.
SOFIE (Schools Online For Interactive Education) is the website of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. It serves as an information point about the association of twenty-one Sacred Heart schools across the United States, including clickable maps and information about the schools, as well as frequently updated news and events.
CLINIC approached us about creating a custom mapping tool to help them present state and local immigration resources in a visual way, with the ability to filter on a variety of issues, content types, and states. There were no tools around that gathered all of this type of information into one place, let alone providing an interface to explore the data.
This site supports the Society of the Sacred Heart's NGO office at the United Nations. We've built it in Drupal, making it multilingual. The site is manually translated into three languages: English, French, and Spanish. (We also provide a simple link to Google Translate's attempt to render the page in other languages). We've provided three separate URLs for the site so that users can go directly to the language that they prefer:
The African American Baptist Mission Collaboration seeks to help rebuild, revitalize and advocate for Haiti in wake of the January 2010 earthquake. Their site needed to reflect the style and colors of their logos, providing information about the three main prongs of their work: Projects, Service, and Advocacy. We built their site with Drupal, integrating it with CiviCRM so that all user interactions with the site (such as someone filling out the "Contact Us" form, making a donation, or signing up for a volunteer service opporunity) are fed into the CiviCRM database.
We finally carved out the time to freshen the look and feel and rebuilt our site from the ground up.
We used Drupal for its extensibility and for the ability to cross-reference the type of design with the partner we worked with as well as any keywords we added for a design. Custom theming also allowed us to link the partner pages to a list of the other projects that we've worked on with them, and in the design pages, to automatically generate an image gallery based on the filepaths for graphics we've uploaded for the project.
The good folks at the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) contacted us to ask for advice and help as they considered redesigning their website. The site was an extensive collection of static HTML pages and they were contemplating how best to convert this into a more manageable and user-friendly form.
NETWORK Lobby and the NETWORK Education Program do important work but had a web presence that was outdated in style and functionality. The site needed a redesign and since it was a collection of static HTML pages that were managed via FTP, it was a prime opportunity to also update the way the site was managed.
The Education For Justice project has an expansive membership-based website chock full of prepared resources related to Catholic Social Teaching for educators. In November of 2007 we helped them port their site over to Drupal from a proprietary CMS which was not user-friendly. Although they had great content, it was hard to organize it well in the restrictive and clunky system they were tied in to. Recently, we've given the site another major update.
Before coming to CEDC for a website redesign, Festival Center had a site about their main program, the Servant Leadership School. They wanted the new site to feature the Center itself, draw people to the school, and also encourage them to rent space at the Center. They liked the ability to do their own editing and to add new articles on their own.
We recently helped Africa Faith and Justice Network refresh the website that we helped them develop back in 2006. The site allows them to manage their news items and events, as well as donations, subscribtions and advocacy email blasts through integration with Democracy in Action. The photos in the rotating headers are courtesy of CRS and we've also integrated some subtle African textures into the background.
The National Catholic Partnership on Disability's new site recently went live. We developed it in Drupal and trained NCPD staff so that they can manage the site themselves. We had input from folks in their offices and on their board regarding accessibility preferences and ended up building two separate themes, one which included graphics and one which was a stripped down "text only" version.
The static HTML site we had helped the Sisters of the Sacred Heart build years earlier had grown to such a point that we began looking for an easier way to manage the content. The site is largely translated into three languages (French, Spanish, and English) and so each update was requiring much more effort than was necessary.