Nov
15
2010

American Cancer Society: I Have a Story

The Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society asked ThinkDesign to develop a new collateral package for the Society’s Midwest Hope Lodges. The goal of this new capital campaign was to put the focus on the personal—the individual donor—and how a gift can touch many people by tackling issues on a much larger scale. Nearly […]

Nov
5
2010

It’s Minnesota Election Recount Season!

Well, it looks like the State of Minnesota may be headed toward another costly and time-consuming recount. The Governor’s race this year has less than 9,000 votes separating the two major candidates,  resulting in a possible mandatory recount. It’s worth mentioning that no Minnesota Governor has been elected by a majority since 1996. Minnesotans know […]

Sep
30
2010

People Incorporated
A Fresh, New Web Presence

People Incorporated is a nonprofit working to secure independence for people with mental illness in the Twin Cities metro. In just two years, we have upgraded their identity and redesigned nearly every point of contact that People Incorporated has with its donors and the public, including annual reports, program brochures, newsletters, and event materials. Recently, […]

Aug
20
2010

The American Swedish Institute
2008-09 Annual Report: Handwork

Sweden is known for its strong craft traditions, both old and new. The American Swedish Institute’s annual report develops the idea metaphorically, using tradition to speak about how the ASI is a piece of art, shaped by the hands of individuals through the past, present, and future. Discussions of the ASI’s future and exciting things […]

Aug
19
2010

People Incorporated 2009 Annual Report:
We’d be crazy if we didn’t.

  Can a nonprofit that helps people with mental illness use the word “crazy” in its annual report? Yes. The point is that we use words like “crazy” or “nuts” in everyday language, but clam up when it comes to talking about mental illness. This concept turns “crazy” on its head by stating that it’s […]

Jul
22
2010

Lutheran Community Foundation
2009 Annual Report: Balancing Acts

Keeping one’s balance in the face of a multitude of pressures requires skill, focus, and a sense of ultimate purpose. In a broader sense, balance is about harmony and being in the right place physically, spiritually and emotionally. Lutheran Community Foundation brought all of these qualities into play to do well in what was a […]

Jul
22
2010

The Kresge Foundation 2008 Annual Report: Response for a world turned on its head

The objective of the Kresge Foundation’s 2008 annual report was to address the vertigo of the current economic situation while conveying the foundation’s sense of confidence—and yet to do so without arrogance. The annual report became the foundation’s “response for a world turned on its head,” reassuring its grantee groups and the nonprofit community that […]

Jul
19
2010

Indigo: The Value of Definition

Quite ordinary at first glance, the former Sig-Tec Corporation was a diamond in the rough. Branding the company’s exceptional potential as a leader in identity authentication and access-management software was an exercise in extricating technical brilliance. We began with an illuminating new name, Indigo Identityware, and we perfected a logo—a fingerprint symbolizing their ultra-safe and […]