Designing for Good #4: Top Nonprofit Graphic Designs

August 3, 2016 Brandon Granger

This article was originally published on NpENGAGE.

Since we did a special storytelling episode for Designing for Good #3, Tim Hammond and I decided to cram the last 3 months into a single double-meat episode #4 culled from hundreds of graphic and interactive designs.

This month, we discovered a strong theme in many of our favorite picks: juxtaposition. The mashing up of conflicting images or elements to grab the attention of your audience. It’s a great device for elevating something rather simple into something memorable.

Look for these strong examples of juxtaposition from this month’s edition:

  • Clean water montage + teeth-rattling, industrial metal soundtrack
  • Animated, fantastical fairy tales + sobering, unfiltered Syrian refugee testimonies
  • Single, beautiful cursive font + vibrant shock of color + big, old pile of human hair
  • Recognizable world leader + plastic hand restraints

Here’s to finding inspiration, making your designs memorable, and provoking action. Enjoy, designers.


Here’s a novel idea for upcoming Giving Tuesday. For Red Nose Day, Steven König helped create a wildy interactive donation form experience to raise money for a local farm. The design allowed donors to choose animals to give while farm grew throughout the campaign. Fantastic.


This great interactive example of a frictionaless user experience with warm colors and a clear layout makes for a winning design all around by Jenna Hubert for Pets for the Homeless


Another whimsical donation form by Mihn Pham for As donation amount grows, so does the bear’s resources. (Although, we might quibble about suggesting a higher starting amount).


Another great one from Mihn Pham. Check out the full project on Dribble.

Don’t mistake this design for simple. Super crisp, lovely colors, solid copy, and a clever name. Perfect design by Sean O’Brien for Bosom Buddies Bristol.


This year we’ve seen so many dusty, static annual reports go long page design. Here’s a bold one designed and built internally (wow) by the movers and shakers of Reality/SF.


Redesign of LIFT website is pixel-perfect throughout but we especially like the clever “day in the life” volunteer recruitment page by Global Thinking.


Highly accessible redesign while slick silent background video on homepage sets stage for whole experience by Meg Delagrange for Reach Out and Read Colorado.


This fundraiser poster appropriately harks back to Rockwell, but the plucky, grimface determination of central visual nicely tempers the sentimentality. Chris Enter for Homers For Heroes.


This short film series around Syrian Conflict by Unicef is visually stunning while continually break the fourth wall with unexpected conclusions. Impressive enough to make the film festival circuit!


Bold use of strong martial branding and imagery raises attention for faith-based Far Reaching Ministries redesign by Taylor Perrin.


Natch, we’re sharing a charity:water design. Fast montage illustrates mission in 30 secs while an edgy, biting, apocalyptic soundtrack elevates storytelling into a fist-pumping, chest-beating experience. Moreover, music sucks any condescension out of design. We totally dig it.


So many great event fundraisers design out there. Another solid one here by Mike Scott for Scott’s Ride,


Oh, what a great designer can do with the right font. Campaign design and branding by Hyperquake for Caritas Internationalis.


Slick adopt a child experience by Nick Franchi for not yet disclosed nonprofit.


Classic logo design by Katie O’Shea for North Bridge Academy.


Did we say there’s a bumper crop of fundraiser designs out there? Shave the Day by Tim Delger for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Watsi is such a design-focused nonprofit and I’m a huge fan of their gorgeous holiday themed campaigns by Mustafa Al-Qinneh and team.


“Handcuff Tyranny” is another hard-hitting, in-your-face awareness ad that grabs you by Amnesty International.


Interesting use of overlapping visual elements creates a different kind of responsive experience by Ben Hartley for Helping the Burmese Delta.


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