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Favorite Links – July 2015

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. This eclectic list features some of our recent favorites:

Why You Need Design
Chapter 1 of Mike Monteiro’s insightful book – You’re My Favorite Client

Want a Better Pitch?
How to tell a more compelling story

Feedback Phases and Personas
Asking the right people the right questions is key to gathering valuable insights

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever
Research shows taking notes on paper far superior to laptops

Favorite Links – May 2015

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. This eclectic list features some of our recent favorites:

Change Blindness
Why people don’t see what designers expect them to see.

PowerPoint Should Be Banned
Make these slides the last ones you ever read.

Style Guides Every Startup Should See
… and established organizations will benefit as well.

Outsmart Your Own Biases
People put too much faith in their intuition and judgment.

Favorite Links – March 2015

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. This eclectic list features some of our recent favorites:

Eight Ways to Say No With Grace and Style
We need to learn the slow “yes” and the quick “no.”

The Future of Web Design
Even digital pioneers didn’t see this disruption coming.

Collaboration-palooza
Nonprofit organizations desire to collaborate more than they actually do.

10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings
Try them all! You’ll be climbing the corporate ladder in no time!

Favorite Links – December 2014

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. This eclectic list features some of our recent favorites:

Briefly
Every project starts with a creative brief, but very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why? This inspiring video shares insights from creative titans.

Eight Ways to Say No With Grace and Style
We should be saying no more than we say yes, although the opposite is actually true.

Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals
A recipe for sustained success in changing behavior – yours or your audience’s.

What Do We Get When We Give to a Good Cause?
Why on earth would a rational person give money to charity?

Favorite Links – October 2014

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. Always an eclectic mix of stuff – here are some recent favorites:

Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables
A campaign to change opinions about less-than-perfect-looking produce.

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge is Bad for You
The ALS campaign may be a great way to raise money, but it is a horrible reason to donate it.

How to Stand in Front of a Room Full of People and Tell a Stellar Story
Good tips for making better presentations.

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain
Training ourselves to take regular breaks reaps rewards when we get back to work.

Favorite Links – July 2014

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. Lots of good stuff recently – here are some favorites:

Help Leaders Be Less Useless at Strategy
Harvard Business Review

How to Develop a Brand Guide for Your Non-Profit Organization
The Fundraising Resource Group

Shortcuts for Better, Faster Design Research
Fast Company Design

Bill Watterson, Michelangelo, and the Importance of Play
M. Landers Blog

Favorite Links – May 2014

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. Here’s some recent favorites:

Help Me, Please: User Testing, Customer Service, and Treating People Nicely
Interactions

The Most Underrated Skill for Creatives? Empathy
99U by Behance

Facebook’s Dwindling Reach: Stop Whining, Think Differently
Shelly Kramer

Achieving Transformative Scale
Stanford Social Innovation Review

 

Favorite Links: March 2014

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. Here’s some recent favorites:

Write Your Brand’s Obituary
Harvard Business Review

How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity
Brain Pickings

Principles for Making Things for the Web
GitHub

Global Navigation is Less Useful on Large, Complex Websites
Gerry McGovern

Favorite Links: January 2014

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. Here’s some recent favorites:

Inside the Box: People Don’t Actually Like Creativity
Slate.com

If a Tweet Worked Once, Send It Again
(and other lessons from The New York Times social media desk)

Nieman Journalism Lab

Brené Brown on Vulnerability, Human Connection,
and the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

Brain Pickings

What I’ve Learned from Giving Directly to People in Need
GOOD

Favorite Links: November 2013

We’re always in search of fresh thinking on issues that affect nonprofit marketing. Here’s some recent favorites:

Why Tablet Magazines Are a Failure
gigaom.com

Hey, Designers: Stop Trying to Be So Damned Clever
Fast Company Design

Welcome to Dinovember
Thoughts on creativity – from medium.com

Why I’m Filming a Documentary About Social Impact Design
Design on GOOD