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Viva Voce

Winter 2019/2020     News from Social Impact

2019 Year in Review

See the full list of what's featured in the Year in Review video here.
Happy New Year! 2019 was jam packed with lots of great collaborations and important stories to tell. It was also the last year in a 3-year plan to change the way we work to make an impact.

As we move into 2020, we'll be focusing most of our energy on our Public Image Works method to help dedicated people succeed on a larger scale. The method is broader than our signature design work. It brings together best practices and tools for creative action planning, identity, promotion and audience engagement. It also provides a framework and practical roadmap for keeping everything together and moving forward. Communications planning made so much easier and more effective. (Learn more below) 

This shift gives us more time for design collaborations because they will no longer be our primary resource generator. We'll be able to explore more ways to engage through story, visuals and experiences without limiting time or sacrificing creativity.

And we'll also free up more time for our own creative projects like Posters for the People. In an election year (and especially THIS election year), we especially like to call attention to that moment in time when art & design inspired a public consciousness about positive social change. Read more below about our exciting first West Coast exhibit at MutMuz Gallery opening the end of January!

Read on for more in depth stories about featured projects from 2019 and what's coming up next!

Coming Up

First West Coast Exhibit! 
Jan 31 - Feb 9, 2020
MutMuz Gallery, Los Angeles

Join MutMuz Gallery for an exhibit of original WPA posters from the 1930s & 40s that promoted public programs, shared values and everyday American culture. Many in the exhibit have not been on public display for more than 80 years.

Friday, January 31, 2020 • 5:00 pm 
WPA Poster exhibit/talk with Ennis Carter, curator & author of Posters for the People


Featured Projects

Prosperity & Opportunity

with conNECKtedTOO

Super Interactive

The "Tiny is Powerful" website/app features local businesses in Charleston, SC through an interactive video that doubles as navigation. Read more about how we achieved the ambitious vision of artists and their community. 

Well Being

with Sustainable Jersey

Time to Celebrate!

Congratulations to Sustainable Jersey on celebrating their 10th Anniversary in 2019! See how we worked together to mark this special occasion with an updated logo, new materials and the 2019 Sustainability State of the State Report for NJ.

Justice & Fairness

with MediaJustice

Aligned Identity

MediaJustice is leading the fight for racial and economic equity in a digital age. For their 10th Anniversary, we helped them change their name, update their message and launch a new identity that aligned with their bold and urgent strategy. Read about the project here.


with The Discovery Orchestra

A-ha! Website

Many years ago, we helped The Discovery Orchestra redesign their identity. In 2019, we embarked on a nearly-year-long project to completely update a website that aligns with their new strategic direction to reach people worldwide. Lean more about the listening skills that help you really connect to classical music.

Helping Good People Promote Their Great Work!

This year we're streamlining the way we help people get their story told. Public Image Works is an empowered method that we use for all of our work - and we make its tools and practices available through newly packaged programs.
Learn more about the 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month options or the Jump Start Workshop to get started.
You may have noticed the return of DfSI in our e-mail address and on our website. As we near our 25th Anniversary, we are bringing together all of our programs under that idea again. Take a peek at the Design for Social Impact page on our website to see how it all works.
Viva voce is a Latin phrase literally meaning "the living voice," but most often translated as "by word of mouth."
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