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Empowering a community to Empower Women

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When UN Women approached Ultravirgo to provide a visual and messaging system for the "Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment," they had a complex web site with a great mission: "dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full economic potential." However, the site was burdened with a long name and an uninspiring design. Launched in 2011, the Knowledge Gateway had been gaining passionate supporters, but lacked a brand vision.

A new kind of dynamic identity

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The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, part of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, explores how the development of technology is changing journalism, its practice and its consumption. Last year, we launched a new identity for the Center based on a radical idea - what if the logo itself analyzed journalism and morphed based on current activity in the industry? 


How to Become a 3D Printing Entrepreneur

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3D printing - or additive manufacturing, as it's officially called - is still in it's infancy, especially for anything beyond prototyping. But with our launch of Mymo a little over a year ago, we've been considering possible applications to finished products, and have learned a lot along the way. I shared some wisdom in the recently-published book How to Become a 3D Printing Entrepreneur.

Making climate tech accessible

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As we're all thinking about Earth Day today, we want to share a project we've been working on that aims to make climate-friendly technology more globally available. The Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN), part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was founded with the mission to speed up global adoption of envoronmentally-sound technologies. We were tasked with developing a visual system that makes their services more accessible, while clarifying the breadth of offerings.

What's in your bag?

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A little fun after a busy week: InVision asked me and a group of other great designers and programmers what is in our work bags. 

See the results on their blog.

UN Women: Beijing+20 iconset

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We're proud to have recently added UN Women to our growing list of United Nations agency clients. We have some exciting projects in the works, but the first is this series of thematic icons. Honoring the 20th Anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration, each icon illustrates one of the twelve key critical areas of concern detailed in the document.

Interview with Cool Hunting

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I recently had the pleasure to sit down with the editors of Cool Hunting to discuss our plans for Mymo, our 3D-printed jewelry line.

Read the article:
Mymo's Reinvented Monograms

Macon Magic

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College Hill, in the heart of Macon, Georgia, has been experiencing a renaissance in recent years, and has become a case study in revitalization of economically-depressed areas. The Knight Foundation has been heavily involved in the turnaround, and released a report last week to share eleven lessons learned that can help other similar communities. Written and reported by veteran radio journalist Dan Grech, the report offers great insight, and we were thrilled to be able to bring it to life online and in print.

Ultravirgo wins two Health + Wellness Design awards

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We don't often enter award shows, preferring to put our focus on gaining recognition from our clients. But we take the design of health materials very seriously, and are proud to have two of our projects included among the 135 winners chosen in the inaugural Health + Wellness Design Awards.

Now more mobile

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If you're reading our site on your phone, you should be finding it a little easier to navigate now. We've recently refreshed the layouts for small devices and tablets. While it's not a ground-up responsive rewrite, we have used RWD principles to help adapt the layout to smaller screens. Enjoy!