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Global Institute for Advanced Study at NYU sponsors working research groups on innovative and (typically) interdisciplinary topics that require cooperation on an international scale and a sustained multi-year focus.

Social Ink and the Global Institute for Advanced Study at NYU worked together in 2016 to create a web presence for the university institution. GIAS provides financial and academic support to working groups based in existing departments of NYU, led by an NYU faculty member.

The new GIAS site utilizes an open-source, user-friendly WordPress CMS, providing a customized backend experience for no-code site administration and growth. Key features include an easy-to-update Current Projects template and mobile responsive design that adapts content for myriad screens sizes.

We’re happy to have partnered with GIAS on this project that helps to support scholars and their research endeavors. The design and development of the institute’s new site is a continuation of Social Ink’s work on websites for nonprofits and university organizations!

Civic Explore

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Civic Explore is the project of several organizations in New York City that aims to collect data to shine a light on ideas such as the availability of bicycling as alternative energy policy across gender, race and age, the effect of policing on bicycling as alternative energy policy, and the effect of other available transportation—like public transit or taxis—on bicycling policy. 

Social Ink worked with Civic Explore to create a home on the web for its data. Civic Explore’s audience is now able to easily engage and interpret the project’s research across several digital channels.

Key data visualizations on the site include an interactive graph that sorts data by age, time, and gender, and an interactive map that highlights relevant precincts of the collected data. Mobile responsive design adapts the site’s content for screens of various sizes. The platform  is powered by the open-source, user friendly WordPress CMS, providing a customized backend experience for no-code site administration and growth.

We’re happy to partner with Civic Explore and continue our work on websites for researchers!

Reading Rescue

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Reading Rescue brings expertise in intervention into schools; not only do the students who are tutored excel, but as a result of improved pedagogical skills, a significant collateral benefit is increased achievement among all the students taught by a school’s Reading Rescue-trained tutors.

Social Ink worked with the Literacy Trust to create a new online home for its literacy intervention program, Reading Rescue. Our team created a robust CMS in WordPress for a website that serves Reading Rescue’s tutors and other stakeholders. The site is a teaching resource for tutors and an online calling card for other users.

It’s been a pleasure to work alongside Reading Rescue during the creation of their new platform. We are happy to expand upon our work on websites for nonprofits!

HomeSmartNY

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For people who want to be smart about buying and owning a home, HomeSmartNY is New York State’s largest network of professional, unbiased, nonprofit homeownership advisors.

Working with key team members of HomeSmartNY, we built a site from the ground up, focusing on an audience of homebuyers and homeowners, accessibility, and user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). A key feature of HomeSmartNY’s new platform is the interactive map, which allows site users to find resources specific to their needs through the use of an advanced search filter.

HomeSmartNY is doing great work educating homebuyers and homeowners in New York City and New York state; as part of our continued work with web design for nonprofits, Social Ink is happy to set them up with a platform that engages their users.

Better Bike Share Partnership

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The Better Bike Share Partnership is a JPB Foundation-funded collaboration between The City of Philadelphia, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems.

Social Ink worked with the PeopleForBikes Foundation to create a new website that promoted the Better Bike Share Partnership. Sporting a new, accessible design, the site details information on grants the initiative has awarded across the country. The site is responsive across phones, tablets, and several monitors. Its custom WordPress CMS allows Better Bike Share staff to quickly post updates and news within an effective information architecture schema.

Better Bike Share’s new site represents Social Ink’s work in the nexus between foundations, civic agencies, and national associations. We’re happy to collaborate with an organization that puts people on bicycles!

As a coalition of city transportation departments, NACTO is committed to raising the state of the practice for street design and transportation by building a common vision, sharing data, peer-to-peer exchange in workshops and conferences, and regular communication among member cities.

Social Ink worked with the National Association of City Transportation Officials to make a new web platform that represents the multifaceted policy and outreach work of the organization and serves as a resource for government, civic partners, and the general public. Through a custom WordPress CMS, NACTO can easily build information hubs around new pedestrian-friendly design standards and instantly add program-specific news, events, and publications.

Key features of NACTO’s new web platform include in depth guides and publications, annual conferences, programming, and event organizing, tiered sponsorships, and cross-content references and case studies, accessible via an ajax-enabled advanced search mechanism. As always, the site’s features responsive design that adapts the site’s layout for an array of tablets, phones, and monitors.

For NACTO’s “design guides”  for the livable streets movement, we not only imported over 1,000 documents but retrofitted templates from two different sites with multiple slideshows, images and other rich media – all while preserving link structure for existing search engine and linking compatibility.

We’re proud of our partnership with the National Association of City Transportation Officials, furthering our work building websites for nonprofits, civic groups, and local New York-based organizations!

NYC Justice Corps

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The NYC Justice Corps seeks to develop the capacity of neighborhoods to address the reintegration challenges of their young adults reentering from the criminal justice system and to instill in those young adults a sense of civic responsibility and accountability to the communities to which they return.

We were thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside the Prisoner Reentry Institute leadership to overhaul the NYCJC website, with a focus on accessibility, community-based content organization, and a dynamic, multi-media “toolbox”, a marquis feature delivering tools for program deployment in a flexible model poised for growth to future program areas.

Through local, community-based advocacy work, we are proud to further the efforts of the NYC Justice Corps, continuing our own work building websites for nonprofits and community-based organizations.

Scaffold Safety Law

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The Scaffold Safety Coalition is a group of workers and advocates committed to protecting construction workers in New York state from industry-backed efforts to cripple a vital safety regulation known as the Scaffold Safety Law (codified in New York’s Labor Law Section 240).

For a time-sensitive legislation awareness campaign, we put together a full-featured advocacy site, with information sections, slideshows, testimonials, and news updates, in addition to action areas for organizing and sign up.

We are proud to work alongside the Scaffold Safety Coalition as they fight for protection of workers and labor.

 

Every Vote Counts Illinois

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Every Vote Counts Illinois is a voter registration and participation site targeted to citizens concerned with political engagement and civil rights in Illinois.

Continuing our work building short turnaround advocacy sites for community and organizing groups, the site featured key action buttons, an information panel with slideshow capabilities, and basic information pages, along with search and contact forms, made immersive with a full bleed background image.

The site is built entirely in a user-friendly CMS, which allows for easy content upgrades by any non-technical admin. GET OUT THE VOTE!

The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University is an international institute for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences.

Social Ink proudly worked alongside dedicated inhouse staff members at NYU’s new Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) to bring a robust CMS (content management system) together with clean, accessible design reflecting the modernist, academic approach of the Center.

We helped CBA build on NYU’s strong network architecture to integrate a mailing list, events, content carousel and easily updatable archives for staff, fellows, and programs.

Freshkills Park Alliance

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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.

Breast Cancer Family Registry

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Columbia University’s Breast Cancer Family Registry exists to realize the full potential of collaborative research involving breast cancer families — to reduce the global impact of the disease.

In order to realize this vision, Columbia and the BCFR  partners approached Social Ink to brand, design and develop an information-based site, with an extendable codebase for future interaction and resource-building. By incorporating a customized CMS backend for easy staff control, a high resolution slideshow, partner buttons, and content templates, the site provides access for participants and researchers, highlighting grants and publications in addition to background information and contact forms.

The BCFR is funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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