Project: Web development, for Oregon Humanities

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.


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.



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.



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.

Creative directors
Adam McIsaac
Eric Hillerns