Here at Blue Mouse Monkey we were continually inspired by our client the MRG Foundation during the thorough rebranding and website redesign process that wrapped up with the website launch last week.
Our work with MRG began in the spring with discovery: surveys, focus groups, personas, and analysis of the foundation’s position among its audiences of social-change activists, grantees, donors, and foundation peers. A visual redesign followed, (although unfortunately the new logo was delayed until next year) generating new fonts and color palette and a modernized look-and feel. Additionally, we collaborated with MRG to create a new tagline and new boilerplate descriptive text. All this on top of our traditional web strategy work encompassing information architecture, user experience design, user interface design, and WordPress development.
A special feature of the site is the Grants Archive, a searchable database of the last five years of MRG grantees, sortable by date, region, amount, issue area, and leadership, and fully integrated with MRG’s internal CiviCRM grants database.
The new brand strategy and website will serve as a solid foundation and help raise visibility for the MRG Foundation as it moves forward with its plans for growth and even greater impact on social change in Oregon.
Blue Mouse Monkey is very happy to announce the launch of the new website for Portland non-profit Elders in Action. Elders in Action is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for older adults and provides meaningful volunteer opportunities.
EIA trains personal advocates to provide one-on-one problem solving assistance to elders at no charge. Volunteers assist in the areas of housing, healthcare, crime, and elder abuse.
Elders in Action also runs a citizens advisory group, and coordinates speakers and events. EIA is a powerful voice of older adults in the greater Portland area. The wisdom and talent of its volunteers works to build an age-friendly community.
We designed the site to be elder-friendly, with intuitive navigation, larger font size, and prominent calls-to-action.
Blue Mouse Monkey is excited to announce the launch of a new logo design and new website for IEGC, the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies. This project is from the big-data folks behind YourEconomy.org (another Blue Mouse Monkey project) now at the University of Wisconsin Extension’s Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
We’re thrilled to help this cutting-edge group of researchers make their data and insights accessible to economists, governments, and businesses. IEGC is the national leader in business growth research, and they provide data about the US economy that has the scope and power to help us see our complex financial world in new ways.
Home page for the Spirit of the Salmon Plan Volume 2: Subbasin Plans, with interactive map of the Columbia River Subbasins
In Blue Mouse Monkey’s second major project for CRITFC, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, we are proud to announce the launch of the brand new Spirit of the Salmon website. The Spirit of the Salmon Plan, also known as Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, was written in 1995 to provide a roadmap for restoring declining salmon populations in the Columbia river basin. This website presents the entire original plan documents alongside 18 years of data and restoration success stories, and helps make visible CRITFC’s position as a thought-leader in ecosystem stewardship.
The website is really three sites in one, each representing a hefty volume in the Spirit of the Salmon Plan. The top navigation strip leads to the home pages of the three sites, and the lower strip serves as navigation within each of the sites. The first site is the 2013 update to the Spirit of the Salmon Plan, the second site is the original plan from 1995, and the third site is a subbasin-by-subbasin analysis.
CRITFC’s goal was to make the Spirit of the Salmon Plan documents available online in an approachable, interactive format, to make the information relevant and accessible to the general public. As the quote below demonstrates, salmon are the icon of the Northwest as they shape many of our policies, even for those people who may not actually eat them. We are all Salmon People, or Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum, and it’s important to understand the importance of salmon in our lives.
As CRITFC says,
In Sahaptin, the word for salmon used in sacred ceremonies is “wy-kan-ush.” Also in Sahaptin, the word “pum” means “people.” The tribal cultures in the Columbia River Basin could rightly be called Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum or “Salmon People” for how completely these sacred fish shaped their culture, diets, societies, and religions…Salmon have shaped the culture of the newcomers to this region just as they shaped tribal cultures before them. Salmon are the icon of this place. They are valued as food, as a resource, and as a representation of the wildness and wilderness for which the Pacific Northwest is known. They shape our land use policies and power grid. Whether they realize it or not, every single person in the Northwest is a Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum. We are all Salmon People. Let us all work together to protect and restore salmon—this fish that unites us.
Blue Mouse Monkey is super-proud to announce the launch of a new website for the Gray Family Foundation. Founded by Oregon philanthropists John and Betty Gray, the Gray Family Foundation’s mission is to support outdoor and environmental education for children, in order to encourage a strong local land ethic, sustainable communities and stewardship of the natural environment. The effect is to build in young citizens a sense of place and responsibility toward Oregon.
This young organization wanted a website that would raise the bar for foundation websites.
Storytelling is built in to the structure, with sidebar modules that present changing statistics about the foundation’s giving history, student narratives about their outdoor education experiences, and a home page that gives the visitor an “at-a-glance” impression of the Foundation and its impact. Additionally, a structure has been laid for future dynamic functionality, such as an interactive map demonstrating the Foundation’s impact across the state of Oregon, due to be rolled out in 2014.
The new site is built in WordPress, and is easy for Gray Foundation staff to keep updated during their grant cycles. It’s also easy for the Foundation’s board members to log in to a private Board area to review current grant applications, view board meeting schedules and minutes, and get updates from the Foundation’s director. Additionally, the responsive design allows users to access data from mobile devices.
With stunning photographs of Oregon’s landscape by World as Light Photography, the design works hand in hand with the Gray Family’s mission to foster a love of the land.
Stay tuned for Phase 2 of the Gray Family Foundation website project: an interactive map section to be launched in 2014!
What’s about to happen will affect us all in ways we can’t yet imagine.
The current nondiscrimination principle of “network neutrality” forbids phone and cable companies from blocking or even discriminating between or entering in special business deals to the benefit of some sites over others.
For example, as Suzanne succinctly puts it on plumbersurplus.com “Net neutrality is the idea that all information is created equal, therefore, it should be available to all users of the internet without the interference of big companies stating what can or can’t be viewed. For example, if there was not net neutrality then Google could choose to not allow any Gmail users to receive emails from Yahoo accounts and vice-versa. Also, wireless carriers could sell tiered services that would allow some people to get information faster than others.”
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However, net neutrality is “dead man walking”, because the DC Circuit Court is about to rule probably in favor of Verizon.
As Marvin Ammori writes in Wired, “Despite eight years of public and political activism by multitudes fighting for freedom on the internet, a court decision may soon take it away.”
“The implications of such a decision would be profound. Web and mobile companies will live or die not on the merits of their technology and design, but on the deals they can strike with AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others. This means large phone and cable companies will be able to “shakedown” startups and established companies in every sector…”
Read the whole article on Wired »
Blue Mouse Monkey is proud to announce the launch of a new website for Oregon First. Oregon First is the largest independent, locally-owned real estate brokerage in Oregon. Their new website combines a RMLS data feed with unique customized design (rare for real estate sites!) as well as two blogs (one for agents, the other for the general buying-and-selling public) as well as individual pages for each of the 300+ member agents. Built in WordPress, the site is now easy for Oregon First staff to keep updated.
Blue Mouse Monkey is thrilled to announce the launch of the new YourEconomy.org website. Your Economy is an interactive resource center where you can explore and analyze economic activity in your own region and nationwide. YE houses more economic data than the U.S. census bureau, and it depicts the dynamic journey of jobs, sales, and establishments evolving through time.
Here at Blue Mouse Monkey we’re excited to announce the launch of a new website for Acumentra Health. Acumentra is a non-profit Quality Improvement Organization that helps medical providers and institutions in Oregon and Washington deliver better medical care.
We were very happy to transition Acumentra from their old static site into a completely redesigned new site built in WordPress. The ability to set up multiple user accounts with different levels of access means many more staff at Acumentra can take ownership of different parts of the site, freeing the former site administrator from update bottlenecks. Because Medicare beneficiaries are one of the audiences defined for this site, care was taken to make the site thoroughly Section 508 compliant.
Blue Mouse Monkey worked with the Spirit Mountain Community Fund (one of Oregon’s largest funders of non-profits) to launch their new website in 2010. Two and a half years later the folks at the Community Fund were ready for a makeover that responded to the needs of their audiences, as discerned through analytics. During this makeover we shuffled content into new places to make it easier for their main audience, grant writers, to find. In addition to rearranging content, we also changed the look-and-feel subtly enough to ensure the new site kept a relationship with the old site, but strongly enough that users were alerted to the fact that the site had changed.
As always, we’re happy to work with the good people at the Community Fund, and gratified to be helping them help Oregon non-profits!