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The Vera Institute’s new Status Offense Reform Center joins experts with lawmakers in proposing alternatives to the criminal justice system, especially around juvenile justice sentencing.

With team members at Vera’s SORC initiative, we workshopped around accessibility, audience, and user interface and experience (UI UX), building a site from the ground up, with a ‘soup to nuts’ scope ranging from visual identity to web-side information architecture and database design.  A key move for SORC was the inclusion of publications both on and offsite, a dynamic, meta-data driven filtering system, and a dynamic “how-to” toolkit for interested stakeholders.

The SORC team is doing great advocacy and educational work toward reform in New York City and throughout America; as part of our continued work with web design for nonprofits (and other organizations), Social Ink is proud to outfit them with the right tools for the job.

Columbia University’s Metro NY Registry is an online resource and repository for families with a history of breast or ovarian cancer.The site aims to help build a community around common genetic and social factors and inform and improve research.

Social Ink worked with the project’s lead to rebuild their old, static HTML website into a dynamic, easy-to-update CMS (Content Management System), along with design refinements and new slideshows and content types.

Serving alongside the Breast Cancer Family Registry we recently launched as part of the same project, we are proud to work alongside Columbia University and institutions of higher education building websites for research in the sciences and medicine.

The Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB) works to expand understanding and use of cost-benefit analysis in criminal justice. CBKB is a project of New York’s Vera Institute of Justice.

As part of our continuing work with the Vera Institute of Justice, Social Ink worked closely with CBKB to rewrite the underlying codebase and platform for their website. In addition to fundamental programming rewrites, we reviewed the site for UI and UX (user interface and user experience) issues, trimming away and streamlining areas for a more accessible and less disorienting user experience.

We’re proud of our continuing work building websites for nonprofits with the Vera Institute of Justice, a New York-based organization working toward justice reform and advocacy across an array of sectors and disciplines.

The American Turkish Society has been working for 65 years to enhance business, economic, political, and cultural ties between Turkey and the United States.

To celebrate their 65th anniversary and continue their cross-cultural work, we worked with the foundation to present a distinct and flashy “fundraising microsite” to raise awareness, sell tickets, and give donors and supporters a way to spread the work about their annual Gala.

As a standalone site from the foundation’s core web presence, the site uses a long-scrolling, mobile-friendly “panel” approach, encapsulating all six sections within the homepage of the site. We built a custom system for ATS staff to easily manage donors at various levels of giving, and provide embedded video, purchasing and auction buttons, and various content section layouts. Large, high resolution background images for each section give the site a sense of complexity and vibrancy.

Nolita Chemists

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Nolita Chemists Homepage

Nolita Chemists is a local neighborhood drugstore with a personal touch, in the historic “Nolita” section of lower Manhattan. Located on Mott St. in ‘North Little Italy”, Nolita Chemists aims to provide old world service with modern convenience.

Our work with Nolita centered around creating the brand from scratch, anchored in a typographic scheme and contemporary but retro appearance. A new logo and web design kick off the brand. The site itself features an easy-to-update Content Management System (CMS), with featured products, slideshows, and clear information aimed at bringing people into the store.

Our project with Nolita Chemists continues our work with websites for small businesses in New York City — and beyond!

Gradian Health

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Gradian Health Systems Home

Gradian Health Systems equips hospitals around the world to deliver anaesthesia safely and economically.

Gradian approached Social Ink to takeover their current site support and development. While maintaining their clean design, we “gut renovated” the core site, rebuilding the site code to fix multiple bugs and broken dependencies.

The new site re-enables staff to easily update and edit site content, while an ongoing retainer agreement ensures that we provide priority support and additional features upon request.

As part of our work providing high quality websites for business, we love working with the team at Gradian, and helping them provide cutting edge technologies to doctors and hospitals around the world.

J.M. Kaplan Fund

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JM Kaplan Fund Homepage

The J.M. Kaplan Fund promotes initiatives to foster city life, the environment, historic preservation, and migrations in the New York area and beyond. The J.M. Kaplan Fund was established in 1945 by businessman and philanthropist Jacob Merrill Kaplan.

Continuing our work designing and building websites for Foundations and philanthropic organizations, Social Ink worked directly with the J.M. Kaplan Fund to reinvigorate their web presence, transitioning their old, static HTML site to a dynamic, easy-to-update CMS. Thinking through foundation-specific issues regarding access, grant areas, and transparency, the rebuilt site allows the foundation to take pre-emptive steps to filter potential grant seekers while providing news and updates regarding their work and progress. Project details include grant and document archiving, custom slideshows, and custom overview sections and application forms.

Our ongoing relationship provides updates, backups, and as-needed maintenance and updates, while in-house staff have freedom over content entry and development.

The Lavelle Fund

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Lavelle Fund - Homepage

The Lavelle Fund is a NY-area foundation which supports the blind and visually impaired and the institutions and organizations working to prevent vision loss.

Continuing our work building websites for foundations, we worked closely with Lavelle Fund executive and support staff to completely redesign their website and visual identity.

Moving Lavelle from a difficult-to-update, static HTML site to a fully powered CMS, they are now able to update their grants, guidelines, news, updates, and collateral documents and media, in an elegant new site that speaks to their organizational stature.

Social Ink always designs sites to be fully compatible and accessible; in this case, we devoted special attention to screenreader support and text-size adjustment.

Raise the Age New York

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Raise the Age New York - Homepage

Another quick turnaround project continuing Social Ink’s work building advocacy websites addresses pending state legislation in New York to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State, “in the best interest of New York’s children and youth, communities and community safety, as well as the state’s economy.”

This project continues our series of efficient, flexible, CMS powered advocacy sites helping to stir political action and participation. Features include slideshow, video integration, news feed, Twitter feed, and integrated petitions.

May Andersen

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May Andersen May Andersen: Homepage

As part of our work building dynamic, CMS-powered websites for artists & creatives, we built out a lush portfolio site for model and artist May Andersen.

The site includes photography from her modelling portfolio, her own photography and artwork, as well as essays and a blog. In addition to the standard CMS backend for content updates and edits, we spliced in photos from Andersen’s instagram feed, leveraging the ease and inclusiveness of this popular social network.

To complete the aesthetic, we are using custom pro fonts from the typekit service and full bleed browser width photos to provide a unique presence and immersive experience.

Justice and Health Connect aims to increase the ability of government agencies and community organizations to share information across behavioral health and justice systems.

We worked together with the Vera Institute team responsible for the project to create a logomark, visual identity and an advanced system to accommodate and provide access to the vast library of data they were publishing.  Integrating mailing list, print-only modes and filtration systems created a challenging, inspiring work environment with results we’re quite proud to share.  Together with JHConnect, we remain committed to projects involving public health and civil rights issues.

Bridges to Community

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Bridges to Community Homepage - by Social Ink

Bridges to Community is a local nonprofit that organizes travel and trips, providing international aid and forging community ties in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

We overhauled the BTC website, creating a contemporary, fresh site with registration for trips, events and donations, all with on-site payment and credit card processing for costs and donations.  All interactive features have automated follow-up emails from customers, and easy back-end user management. Typekit-hosted fonts and embedded videos and custom feeds round out the site.

Social Ink has been in NYC since 2007!