Project: Web development, for Oregon Humanities

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Oregon Humanities
Web development

A robust web presence for a non-profit organization

The brand developed for Oregon Humanities by Jelly Helm’s office was powerful for campaigning, but by his own admission did not address the longer-content issues the organization faced in their web and print communications. With his blessing, we undertook to extend that language to include a long-form dialect. This site was the first application of that; Oregon Humanities magazine was to be the next.

We saw the site as an intelligent, literary and lively spot on the web, mixing the organization’s practical program-based content (e.g., events, news, etc.) with the more interpretive stuff they published in the magazine, and showing Oregon Humanities’ human face: staffers lived the life of the mind; they were employees of Oregon Humanities; but also clients, if you’ll forgive a vulgar analogy. So: a blog, of course; but also a running list of what they were reading, watching, listening to; with a commenting mechanism built into most parts of the site.

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Index page

We conceived the homepage as an aggregator for the entire site: the newest content from each of the sections – calendar, news, programs, blogs, Oregon Humanities magazine – would be displayed in short form, giving the site the feel of a lively and literate publication.

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Programs home

View of program aggregator page, showing an overview and current news from each of the organization’s programs, as well as recent comments from the community.

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Program detail

View of a typical programming page – here, “Think & Drink,” a series of informal lectures held at local watering holes – showing news, recaps of events with downloadable podcasts, upcoming events and commentary.

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Credits/colophon
Agency
Pinch
Creative directors
Adam McIsaac
Eric Hillerns
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