B9uaa92IUAE3j-O Mar 11

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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designbattle-680x457 Feb 5

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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banner2 Jan 9

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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tyson Aug 26

On Being a Summer Intern at Elefint

Every summer, Elefint hires incredible design students for a 12-16 week summer internship that culminates in a staff retreat. Our interns work closely with all members of the team on real client and internal projects, and are never asked to fetch coffee. This summer we had the great pleasure of having Tyson Wischerath, Graphic Design...Read More

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NewYears2014 Dec 9

Designing a GOOD 2014

By John Hanawalt, Senior Visual Designer A new year is upon us, and with it expectations that we’ll put some effort into becoming better versions of our—already pretty decent—selves. I’m not one for resolutions— I stopped promising to exercise and read more years ago—but if I could suggest one New Year’s resolution for designers it...Read More

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citris Jul 17

Scrolling for CITRIS

Elefint recently had the opportunity to partner with inspiring local organization CITRIS, or the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. CITRIS draws upon the brilliant minds and resources at the University of California Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz and Merced to create information technology solutions for the most pressing social, environmental, and health...Read More

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choice is bad Jun 13

Design Tip: Choice is Bad

We like to think that having a lot options will make us happier. But, in truth, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when we’re faced with too many choices. Nowhere is this more true than on the web. In this age of information overload––where we’re constantly being bombarded by emails, social media feeds, and instant messages––few...Read More

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