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When Board Members Get in the Way of a Great Redesign

Boards of Directors are key to the functioning of successful nonprofits. They look out for the long-term direction and fiscal sustainability of the organization and open new opportunities. They hold leadership accountable. A lot is asked of board members in terms of financial contributions, connections, and time – often for little in return except for a few networking opportunities and the satisfaction of having helped out. However...too often members overreach and can have a negative impact on decision making. This is especially true when it comes to marketing, design, and communications, disciplines that seem to attract an outsize share of unqualified participation... Read More

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Elefint’s 2014 Annual Report

2014 was a great year for us and after almost five years of being in business, we thought it was about time we put together our own annual report. It’s fun to reflect on where we were back in 2010–just two people working out of an apartment in Oakland–now to 7-person studio with a beautiful...Read More

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My 5 favorite books of 2014

A list from our Co-Founder Matthew Scharpnick I typically “read” 20 or more books a year. (Aside: Technically I listen to almost all of them. I use the audible.com app on my iPhone, which is important to note because the quality of narration often becomes a key factor separating great audiobooks from their printed counterparts. I highly recommend...Read More

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Links we love! December 2014

Check out the links below to get a glimpse of what’s been circulating in the Elefint office the past month — matters ranging from the serious to lifestyle to design to just good ol’ fun: The shape of the world’s population has changed – pyramid to..obelisk? http://www.elef.in/popshape Real-time visualization of cyber attacks – incredible, and purty. http://map.ipviking.com...Read More

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Getting ready for the best Desgn.it yet

Each year we host an event called Desgn.it where we choose two lucky nonprofits and build a team of designers and developers around their needs. We all head out to a beautiful spot (in a Tahoe mansion this past year and next) and work together for a weekend. As we gear up for next year’s...Read More