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Have you noticed Elefint has a new fint?

Creative Director, Gopika Prabhu shares a short narrative about Elefint’s rebrand. A lot has changed at Elefint since we first started out almost five years ago. We’ve grown from 2 people to 11, moved from an Oakland apartment to our studio in Potrero Hill, from working with a handful of clients, to partnering with 100+...Read More

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The Charity Trap

Why a recent exposé on Red Cross failures in Haiti highlights unrealistic expectations for social sector organizations. Chief Strategy Officer, Matt, shares some perspective the expectations we have for nonprofits. An excerpt from the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Read More

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The question mark is a design tool

What follows is a break-down from our Senior Designer, John, of a powerful tool we all have at our disposal -- for designers, clients, and anyone else who could use some improvement in communication. Read More

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The positive side of negative feedback

We all get and respond differently to feedback. Read about how our senior designer, John, turned a negative experience into a positive one.Read More

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INFOGRA.PH: Understand Complex Topics

The team at Elefint started this project four months ago, and now we are thrilled to share with you Infogra.ph: our way of bringing a new layer of context and analysis to complex topics. For our first topic, we chose Race and Social Justice, for its significance and momentum brought on by recent events at...Read More

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4 Secrets to Company Culture

Read on for Gopika’s insights on Elefint’s culture, originally published on Design Good.  “Company culture” is a buzzworthy phrase that we’re guessing you’ve heard a few times. But when you get down to it, what does it really mean, and why is a positive company culture so important? San Francisco’s Elefint Designs has created a...Read More

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see3 dar Feb 10

Digital annual reports rock! Why don’t more nonprofits use them?

Even though we work in an increasingly digital world, the typical annual report is still created as a print document that is mailed out to donors and other constituents – a process that comes with substantial costs for printing and shipping. Today’s digital tools can help curtail these costs, while also providing access to important storytelling tools most organizations are already using in other communications.Read More

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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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