Helping Change the Way the World Addresses Poverty

Before they redefined the space, nonprofit venture philanthropy pioneers, Acumen Fund, sought a partner to help them make their case and help shape the field of social enterprise. For over 3 years, MSDS partnered with Acumen Fund help do exactly that. Central to our relationship was creating an innovative website that could grow alongside the nonprofit as they expanded operations and increased their impact.

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Project Case Study
Acumen Fund branding & website design case study

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Recognition

American Web Design Award

Communicator Award of Excellence, Nonprofit

Communicator Award of Distinction, Financial Services

Horizon Interactive Silver Medal

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““MSDS has been a true thought partner with us in developing our brand. What sets them apart is their ability to listen to what we’re looking to do and then recommend innovative ways to achieve it, developing communications strategies and tools that help us more effectively engage our audience and increase the positive impact we’re having around the world.””

– Mariko Tada, Communications Manager

MSDS Case Studies

MSDS Founder to Author Weekly Column With Philanthropy News Digest
Beginning in January, 2015, Philanthropy News Digest , a daily news service of the Foundation Center announced it will begin publishing a monthly column on their PhilanTopic website, authored by MSDS Founder and Director of Strategy, Matthew Schwartz. The series, named Cause-Driven Design ® will...
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New Souls Grown Deep Foundation Website Launches
MSDS is very pleased to celebrate the launch of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation's new website, for which we were the nonprofit's UX and design partner. MSDS worked with the arts philanthropy to educate audiences about an often overlooked periofd in American art history, and bring its collection of...
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MSDS Wins Silver Honors in the Davey Awards and W3 Awards
The results for the 2014 Davey Awards and W³ Awards are in, and we're proud to say that MSDS's design for the Yale 2014 Environmental Performance Index has been recognized with a Silver Award from the W³ Awards in the University category, while our designs for the Aspen Global Leadership Network...
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MSDS Insights

5 Fantastic UX Prototyping Tools: Part One
A litany of tools exist to help UX designers transition from static wireframes to an interactive prototype, which can be used for testing with users to validate design decisions and help clarify how a website will function to a client. Testing a prototype using a dedicated program rather than...
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The 4 Strategic Foundations of Effective Websites
Design is a collaborative process, filled with decision points and detours along the way. Effectively navigating it requires everyone to have a shared vision for where they’re trying to go. Design firms help make this possible by being consultative partners who actively listen, help clients...
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5 Things Every Client Should Know About Launching Their Website
User Acceptance Testing, or UAT, is the phase of a website redesign project where the people who will actually use it in the wild get to test it out and accept it before "Release" or "Go-Live." It goes by many names, depending on whether you follow one formal methodology or another, but the basic...
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