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Donald Katz

Donald Katz: Homepage - Websites for Creatives by Social Ink

Donald Katz is a journalist, author, and founder of Audible.com. His 1992 book, Home Fires, has been reissued this year.

We worked alongside Donald’s staff and media team to create a personal brand, identity and website. The site provides a writerly presence on the web, and a place to showcase the many facets of his work: as author & journalist, Audible.com founder, and promoter of the city of Newark, New Jersey, where Audible’s headquarters were moved in 2007.

Specialty work on the project included a two-pronged navigation system, embedded social media and video, and a flexible production environment responsive to the timelines involved with a major book release.

As part of our work designing and developing websites for creatives, including writers and new media professionals, it’s been great working with Donald and team. We encourage you to visit Don’s new site and explore his rich body of work. From essays and articles, to Home Fires and other books, to work with Audible — in Newark, and beyond!

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Freshkills Park Alliance

Freshkills Park Alliance: Homepage

Continuing our work building websites for civic groups and public-sector organizations such as the New York City Parks, we worked closely with the Freshkills Park Alliance to design, develop and implement and foundational website for public outreach, information, and resources.

The website gives Freshkills Park an extended reach as this massive urban landscape redevelopment project proceeds in the former Freshkills Landfill in Staten Island.

Project challenges included on-site, recurring donations, events integration with Eventbrite, visual identity alignment, and considerable information architecture consulting to make sense of the breadth of resources and information that the Alliance offers. The site is fully mobile responsive, adapting to touch devices and lower resolution screens without loading a separate site.

The Freshkills Park Alliance, along with the New York City Parks Department, is powering an amazing, and vital public works project; we can’t wait to see the plan unfold in the coming years.

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Highbridge Voices

Highbridge Voices - Homepage

Highbridge Voices is an arts-centric nonprofit in the Highbridge area of the Bronx, NY, focusing on youth development through music education and performance.

Continuing our work building websites for nonprofits, we worked alongside the Highbridge team to completely overhaul their old, static website, bringing them into the ‘modern’ age of the web. By re-organizing their content, focusing on audience, access, and prioritization, we re-shaped their presence and outreach, providing a CMS-powered site that will grow with the organization–and can be managed day-to-day by organizational staff.

Specific project challenges included a vast multimedia collection, including audio players, video, and slideshow galleries, and integrated, self-hosted donations for fundraising, including recurring donations. We extend Highbridge outreach by integrating the site with the Mailchimp CRM and E-Newsletter platform, setting up seamless collection forms to keep their audience engaged beyond the site itself.

We’re thrilled to work with this vital youth-oriented nonprofit and community organization, and count them as a shining example of the kind of clients we had in mind when we founded Social Ink.

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Vera Center's Status Offense Reform Center Homepage - by Social Ink

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.

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J.M. Kaplan Fund

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.

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The Lavelle Fund

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.

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May Andersen

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.

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Justice and Health Connect Homepage - Social Ink

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.

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Bridges to Community

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.

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Concert Artists Guild

Welcoming home page wtih customizable slider content

Concert Artists Guild is a NYC-based nonprofit which sponsors and supports brilliant young classical musicians as they begin their careers.

Social Ink worked with CAG to completely rebuild their website, moving to an open-source CMS and providing a dynamic and nimble platform for their various program areas: concerts, programs, artist profiles, past awards, and more.

The media-rich site is a perfect resource for both supporters and the artists CAG supports, and includes event organizing,  CD recordings for purchase, and multimedia artist profiles with custom video player, slideshows, and embedded audio.

Social Ink is proud to support CAG as we foster the arts with websites for nonprofits.

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BoardAssist

Condensed and streamlined application helps both end users and site operators.

BoardAssist, a nationally recognized organization that helps nonprofits and board members connect with one another, contacted Social Ink about updating their site to reflect their changing demographic and updated web standards.

Working together, we completely redesigned the BoardAssist site, including streamlining the application processes and giving BoardAssist staff full control over the various types of data and content areas.

As we continue to build websites for nonprofit organizations, we support the fine work of Board Assist as they play their part in the nonprofit community!

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Correctional Assocation Home Page

The Correctional Association of New York works for prison reform and a more humane and equitable criminal justice system.

Social Ink designed a new visual identity and developed an information packed website with resources, and multipronged outreach initiatives. As we worked to refine the key content delivery mechanisms and targeted audiences, we developed and launched a specialized cross-referenced resource database, and multiple templates for coalitions, issue oriented actions, press and media, and more.

We are proud to support the Correctional Association’s work to reform the criminal justice system in New York and beyond, as we continue our work building websites for nonprofits.

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