The CBKB — that’s Cost Benefit Knowledge Bank — is an initiative of the Vera Institute of Justice which takes an intricate look at the cost-implications of various State and governmental policies in the Justice System. In their own words:

We help practitioners and jurisdictions build their capacity to conduct cost-benefit studies and apply cost-benefit analysis to policymaking.

As part of our continuing work with Vera (and websites for nonprofits), we recently helped the CBKB relaunch their website. Though we retained the core design and interface, we worked closely with CBKB admins to make small adjustments to improve the user experience: streamlining layouts, making margins more clean and consistent, and thinking about placement of related content, search result display, and the other “small things” that make a big difference when it comes to user interface design.

We also worked on reshaping the information architecture (IA), creating a more intuitive backend interface that pulled apart different types of content and set up new ways to classify and enter information moving forward.

For more about the project, head on over to our CBKB portfolio entry.

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Picking up on our work with artist, filmmaker, and general man-about-town Julian Schnabel, we recently designed and developed a custom, self-hosted video section on julianschnabel.com. The new section highlights behind the scenes footage and other archival material and video art from Schnabel and company, including a short documentary, sculpture in Switzerland, and a ‘making of’ featurette for Ahab.

Rather than embedding videos via a third party service such as youtube or vimeo, we designed and implemented a custom player, giving a more branded, streamlined look and feel. As part of our ongoing mission to serve artists and creatives in New York (and beyond!), we’re thrilled to expand the growing portfolio website and online home for Julian Schnabel.

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Recently we launched our third website dealing with the complicated nodes of the criminal justice world in the United States.  As part of our larger work with nonprofit websites, this project was another initiative of the Vera Institute of Justice: The Status Offense Reform Center (SORC).

SORC is a resource center for lawmakers, policymakers and activists interested in reforming these systems, concerned primarily with juvenile justice and the criminalizing semantics of institutional and systemic intervention. The project adds to our work with The Correctional Association and Raise the Age – NY, in addition to Vera’s JH Connect project, to provide a cohesive groundwork for reform movements in the NYC area and beyond.

This major initiative was as challenging as it is vital, as we helped to integrate a library hundreds of resources and  publications into an accessible interface and built a toolkit for reform with a narrative approach.  With the SORC launch, we continue to work toward our mission of providing web design for nonprofits working across the social justice spectrum.

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We launched one of the most fun projects of the year recently, the brand-spanking-new Dilettante Army website.

Dilettante Army is an art and culture-based online magazine, publishing “facts, lies and rants” about everything from Abromovic to the World’s Fair, and in between.

As our portfolio entry describes, highlights of our work together were a contructivist-inspired design and interface, and a new, image-based search results algorithm with both relevance and randomization. Fun stuff for both our designer and developer nerds!

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logoWe’re very proud to announce the recent launch of Nolita Chemists, whose new website kicks off a fresh new visual identity and brand. Social Ink worked with Nolita Chemists on both branding and web design and development, creating a logomark and set of branding guidelines to welcome them to the neighborhood.

As a small, local drugstore in the Nolita district of lower Manhattan, Nolita Chemists wanted to appeal to both a sense of history as well as a modern sense of specialty goods and personalized service. For more on our work on this branding and web kickoff, see our portfolio entry.

Wishing Nolita Chemists success as they build roots and community ties!

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We are proud to announce the recent launch of the new J.M. Kaplan Fund website, recently launched in August. The site provides a brand new platform for the fund, as they continue their philanthropic work in New York City, and on international projects such as historic preservation in Turkey and environmental work in the northern seas.

Our work included a transition to a Content Management System (CMS) based site for staff content control, and special areas for program overviews and grant inquiries.

For a complete breakdown of our work together, click on over to our Portfolio entry.

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We are proud to announce the recent launch of the new Lavelle Fund website, a product of our work together over the last several months.

The Lavelle Fund does amazing work in and around NY, providing resources for the blind, visually impaired, and those working to prevent vision loss.

Our work included a CMS-powered site, with special attention toward accessibility issues such as dynamic text size and screenreader support.

For a complete breakdown of the project, click on over to our Portfolio entry.

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Our beautiful new business cards have arrived, and we couldn’t be happier =D.

These new letterpress cards round out our own visual identity overhaul, integrating our updated logo. Based on research with display racks and person to person interaction, our new card design repositions key elements and gives us a bold new look for prospective clients and ongoing business relationships. 

A big thanks to Sarah Wymer @ Studio Slo Mo for the great letterpress print work, as always!
A big thanks to Sarah Wymer @ Studio Slo Mo for the great letterpress print work, as always!

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We’re happy to announce the release of our newest site working with New York organizations around the criminal justice system, civil and social rights, and youth.  The Raise the Age New York campaign urges reform:

The legal process must respond to all children as children and services and placement options must meet the rehabilitative needs of all children and youth.

A comprehensive approach to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State is in the best interest of New York’s children and youth, communities and community safety, as well as the state’s economy.

Read more about our work on the Raise the Age NY campaign in our portfolio entry. As always, we are proud to continue our mission serving advocacy initiatives and criminal justice reform and we are thankful to be of service to these important organizations.

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Walgreens Gone Wrong is a consumer watchdog and advocacy site aiming to help Walgreens provide fair and honest services to their customers. Here is just one of their concerns:

A new study has found that more than three-quarters of Walgreens stores in some of America’s largest cities are consistently having trouble simply keeping the shelves stocked, while more than 90 percent of surveyed stores had mislabeled sale inventory.

Social Ink teamed up with Change to Win to design and develop the site, which uses a responsive framework to resize and position elements depending on screen or device resolution. In addition to responsive design, we implemented slideshows, embedded content, and a customized CMS backend for easy updates and upkeep. Read about all our work on the site on our portfolio entry, and make sure to check out the Walgreens Gone Wrong site for yourself!

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Continuing our work with nonprofits in New York City working for sensible policy within the justice system  and social justice in general, we recently celebrated the launch of the Justice and Health Connect platform, a national resource for data sharing between professionals in the health and justice sectors.

As we describe in our portfolio entry, JH Connect ties together research and data in a dynamically searchable information bank, presenting resources for professionals and those working to reshape the system. In addition, a narrative based toolkit guides users through background information and connective strands, while complementary background and key fact modules round out the information-rich website.

We’re thrilled to be working the good folks over at Vera, and hope to participate in new web initiatives in the near future!

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