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At heart, I am a storyteller. Drawing on my background in journalism and photography, I combine clear and concise text, powerful imagery, and the latest web tools to create a web experience that tells an engaging and effective story. My design aesthetic is clean and elegant, and will never overshadow the most important aspect of the site – your organization!

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As a NationBuilder Architect & Expert, I can not only design and program a beautiful website for your organization, but I can also help you get the absolute most out of the NationBuilder platform. As a website, communication, and finance tool all together in one, NationBuilder is in a league of its own. With it you can integrate social media, send email blasts, fundraise for your cause, keep track of growth, and much more. To learn more, check out the NationBuilder website.

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Working with Alison was a delight. She was smart, creative, and very patient. She turned our crazy mish-mash of ideas into a beautiful site. She was a joy to work with thanks to her prompt communication and in-depth knowledge of NationBuilder. We highly recommend her to anyone looking to build a stunning site!
Ryan Kuonin :: North Brooklyn Angels

From the beginning, working with Alison has been an entirely positive and efficient experience. Alison is always patient, timely, and effective in her work with the Women's Voices Now website, a very involved multimedia platform that requires imagination and skill to manage and develop. As someone without a web design or mechanics background and running a small, mostly online nonprofit organization, having a good relationship with the web developer is crucial to our success. Alison plays an important role in how we reach a global audience for our work.
Heidi Basch-Harod :: Women's Voices Now

Alison is great to work with. She is organized, easy to communicate with, and responsive with changes. In redesigning our website, in order to integrate it with NationBuilder, Alison created a site that is visually pleasing, easy to navigate and clearly communicates our mission. In on-going projects, creating collateral for theatrical seasons, she always produces creative, beautiful designs that help market our various programs.
Marieke Gaboury :: Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre

Working with Alison was great. She is as efficient as she is creative, and she translated our vision into reality perfectly. Thanks to her efforts we were able to connect with our target audiences and successfully achieve our community group's funding goal. I wholeheartedly recommend Alison.
Adam Sweet :: Daylight Mill Creek

Alison’s ability to pack a punch by combining powerful images with language dense text was exactly what our nonprofit science research institute needed to upgrade our website.  It was her clean visual aesthetic that first caught my eye but her dedication to intuitive function keeps me coming back. I happily use her for regular website tune-ups and recommend her to anyone who will listen.
Rhianna Basore :: Scintillon Institute

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San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange

San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange

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The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) is a non-profit run by and for entrepreneurs in the San Diego area whose interests include biotech, pharma, and life sciences. The core of this organization is their members, and as such, the new website puts them at the center. From the sweeping landscape video of the San Diego harbor and club images coupled with various member benefits, to the calendar displaying both SDEE and regional events, you really get a feel for what is it like to be a member of this organization. The updated directory pages feature a clean, organized card-style layout that makes it extremely easy for members and vendors to connect. Completing the look, was a simple palate change to their logo to softer, more oceanic colors used throughout the site in modern gradients.

Central Florida Urban League

Central Florida Urban League

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The Central Florida Urban League is dedicated to empowering communities in the greater Orlando area by providing a variety of programs focusing on Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship. I combined their bold color palette of red, black and white, with impactful images, and striking, interactive design to create a site that showcases their programs and makes information easy to find.

Less Is More

Less Is More

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The Katal Center, in coordination with several other non-profits and educational institutions, recently launched the #Less Is More NY campaign to push for parole reform in New York State. This is an action oriented-site with a clear Call to Action in the prime location. As the user scrolls the homepage, the various sections slide into view providing background information and additional ways to get involved. This, in combination with the bold color palette, creates a modern, easy to navigate site that tells a stroy with maximum impact.

Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice

Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice

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The Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice is a non-profit that deals largely with ending mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and ending the war on drugs. They came to me wanting a bolder, fresher look for their website. I combined black and white images with a bright color palette, and gave them a simple update to their logo with white text encircled in a rich blue. The circle motif is repeated on various elements throughout the site, creating a cohesive look. They also wanted their site to act as a resource. For this I made the “Issues” front and center, and added related content to every issue page.

Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities

Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities

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Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities is a non-profit dedicated to promoting health, education, and equity for the people of Santa Ana, California. Their community is predominantly Mexican. Inspired by the bright color palette seen in Mexican art, I combined blue, orange, green, and pink for a dramatic look. Coupled with this is a modern slanted design element throughout the site for added impact.


Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre

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For the Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre's (FOPACT) website, I wanted to create a site that was informational, yet also reflected the fun nature of this children's theatre in Silicone Valley. Combining big, bold images of theatre productions, a lively color palate, and marquee-style fonts, the website provides parents with the info they need and entices kids to be a part of this great organization.

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I begin all my projects with a thorough understanding of my client’s organization- their specific field of knowledge, their goals, and their competitors.

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{ design }

Beyond color and composition, an effective design combines eye-catching aesthetics with intuitive information design and engaging user interactivity.

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{ programming }

Clean, robust code. This means that your site will adhere to the latest web standards and function properly on all modern browsers and on every device.

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{ branding }

Having a complete brand identity is essential. To create a fully cohesive look, Alison Shuman Media offers a complete set of design services including logo, print, and social media.

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{ grant writing }

Do you have endless passion for your cause, but trouble capturing that passion on paper? Let me help you give your proposal that extra boost it needs to stand out from the competition.

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{ video/photo editing }

Visual media is key. I can help you choose your strongest images and retouch them to perfection or edit your video and optimize it for the web.

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