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Top Non-Profit Blogs We Love

Driving traffic, improving SEO, establishing thought leadership — we all know blogs are good.

But it’s challenging to put a good blog together, and blogs for the nonprofit sector can sometimes be more challenging than others. Why? There’s generally a lot more information to organize and present. A typical nonprofit sector blog has a lot of categories, a lot of feature stories, and a lot of different calls to action. In the midst of all the planning, it can be difficult to imagine the end result.

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Should Your Environmental Non-Profit Brand Go Green?

Got rebranding on your mind? If so, you’re probably casting a critical eye on every graphic element your organization uses — right down to the colors.

If the work you do is focused on helping the environment, then green just might already be one of your colors. In fact, it’s probably already one of your competitors’ colors, too.

Setting your organization apart from the rest will ultimately help you earn access to more resources. And setting your organization apart from the rest starts with good branding.

So how do you know when to go green and when to, well, not?

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Google Has a New Logo and We All Have a Lot of Work to Do

Google has a new logo and it’s exhausting.

Not the logo itself, mind you. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

Google’s products — and the devices with which we use those products — have evolved drastically since 1998. It’s simply not the same company anymore. So it makes sense that they’d be ready to unveil a change like this…

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Is Your Low-Contrast Design Costing You Clients?

Web design trends come and go.

Do you remember the 2000s, when websites were textural? Backgrounds looked like torn paper in a scrapbook. Text tended to be blocky and bold. Call-to-action buttons were so glossy they looked wet. Drop shadows erupted in every direction, trying desperately to make graphic elements pop up off the page.

A few years ago, designers decided that look was over, so they ran in the opposite direction.

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Feeling Blue: To Design or Not to Design With Blue

Is it that blue’s popularity makes the color a safe choice? Or is it clichéd to use blue in your design or branding?

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Lobster: The New Comic Sans?

Lobster’s fantastic usability has become a problem—Lobster has lost its vitality. It has become so popular, people have started to call it “the new Comic Sans,” the opposite of a compliment in the design world.

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Art Break: Andrea Zittel and the Use of Space

Andrea Zittel is an American artist who began developing functional objects and experimental living spaces in the 1990s. Her work examines the minimum amount of space required for a person to live comfortably in the most efficient and functional way possible.

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Battling “Nature-Deficit Disorder” with Wilderness

Here at Dowitcher Designs we’re fans of the outdoors.

It’s not hard to be, because living in Santa Barbara is like living in nature’s lap. But not everyone has our kind of easy access to bountiful green spaces…

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Four Top Sites for Creative Business Cards

Print may be dead, but business cards sure aren’t. In an era that’s seen a decline in traditional marketing materials like flyers, catalogs, and mailers, business cards remain a surefire way to market yourself. These websites offer unique designs that won’t break your budget.

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Art Break: Zimoun’s Wall of Sound

Jill introduces us to Swiss-born artist Zimoun and his amazing sound sculptures in the first edition of her new blog series – Art Break.

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