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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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Bridges to Community is a local, New York area non-profit doing amazing work in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. By organizing volunteer trips to specific sites in these countries, Bridges builds connections across an array of program areas to help improve housing, education, health, and economic development. As part of our work building websites for nonprofits, Social Ink worked with Bridges to Community to overhaul their design and their content organization (what we call information architecture). With a rebuilt site, Bridges can now directly organize trips and supporting events and other activities, via on-site payments and intelligent workflows which bring users to 'checkout' endpoints based on their preferences and other information. Read about the project on our portfolio entry, and check out the Bridges to Community website!

May Andersen, a model and artist currently living in New York City, has launched a brand new portfolio website, happily implemented by our team here at Social Ink! The site showcases not only Andersen's modeling work (did you miss her in the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition?), but also her photography and art, essays, and a blog. This site posed a unique challenge--to splice in Andersen's instagram photography into the content of the site itself. Through some custom code, we were able to provide yet another easy way for non-technical clients to update there site, no code required! Read our full write up on the project on your portfolio page.

Introducing the Breast Cancer Family Registry, a project of Columbia University's breast cancer research department, funded by the National Institute of Health. The site aims to provide a wealth of resources for study participants and researchers among a cohort of universities and institutions. Read more about our work on the project on our portfolio entry.

We're very pleased to announce our latest launch, Study Logic, a market-research firm catering to the food services industry. As part of a visual identity overhaul, Study Logic handed over flat designs to Social Ink which we workshopped and converted to a dynamic and extensible CMS platform. Read more about the project on our portfolio!

We're delighted to announce two new launches of the last month, the progressive and activist journalism site Waging Nonviolence, and the fresh, exciting classical music guild Concert Artists Guild. Waging Nonviolence's exciting mission:

Waging Nonviolence is a source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe. Ordinary people build power using nonviolent strategies and tactics every day, even under the most difficult of circumstances, yet these stories often go unnoticed or misunderstood by a media industry fixated on violence and celebrity.
Concert Artist Guild's mission is also one of helping the community:
Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture & promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild helps artists launch sustainable careers. CAG provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career.
Visit the portfolio pages of Waging Nonviolence or Concert Artists Guild today!

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Social Ink is proud to continue our efforts in Community and Education work with the launch of a new website for The Pinkerton Foundation. Established in 1966, the foundation:

supports community-based programs for children, youth and families in economically disadvantaged areas in New York City.  Although we consider a wide range of youth development initiatives, Pinkerton favors direct-service programs that have one overriding goal: to help young people reach their full potential. Most of the programs we support take place in the after-school, weekend or summer hours and focus on providing opportunities for academic development, career readiness and cultural enrichment. We also support a number of programs that offer a way forward for young people after an encounter with the criminal justice system or years in foster care.
Read more about our work with this passionate organization on the Pinkerton Foundation's portfolio page.

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