Young Visionaries

Do you know someone with an idea for a project that works toward a vision of change? The International Women’s Health Coalition recently launched their 2010 Young Visionaries Campaign:

At the International Women’s Health Coalition, we are inspired by the activism of young people and their visions for the future of sexual rights and reproductive health.Through our Young Visionaries contest, we aim to celebrate, acknowledge, and support the exceptional and ongoing work of young people.

Our Young Visionaries contest encourages youth to share their visions for young people and the future. Until March 25, 2010 youth between the ages of 18 and 30 can share their visions for a just and healthy life, and get a chance to win a $1000 grant from the International Women’s Health Coalition to fund a project that works toward this vision.

We recently completed a project, in collaboration with Dtek, to design a microsite for the Young Visionaries contest. Built on top of the WordPress platform already being utilized for IWHC’s Akimbo blog, the site allows users to register, nominate a contestant and vote to support their favorite nominees. You can read a more detailed write-up of the site development and WordPress plugins we utilized, courtesy of Andy, over on the Dtek blog.

Check it out and show your support for the visionaries from around the world.

Feeling Generous?

The holidays are a time for giving (and let’s not forget tax season is nearly upon us). We thought we’d bring a few of the great non-profits we work with to your attention, should you be feeling that generous itch:

The Poetry Project fosters and inspires the reading and writing of contemporary poetry through its live programming, workshops, publications, website and special events. You can make a donation and with your help the Project will continue to be central to a thriving community and will be here for generations of poets and artists to come..

Hot Bread Kitchen is more than a bakery. It’s a non-profit social enterprise that enhances the future for immigrant women and preserves baking traditions. There’s still time to order one of their tasty holiday gift boxes. You can also make a donation to support the future of Hot Bread Kitchen.

Radius Books is a non-profit publishing company based in Santa Fe that encourages, promotes, and publishes books of artistic and cultural value for a wide audience. Consider joining the membership program, which provides the critical financial foundation that makes Radius Books a vital promoter of the visual arts. You can also make a charitable donation.

Announcing (drum roll)… the all new

Bad Feather is proud to introduce the new identity and website of The Poetry Project.

Located at St. Mark’s Church in NYC,  the Poetry Project has been publishing, hosting readings and workshops, and providing resources for writers and readers of contemporary poetry for over 43 years. They needed an updated identity and site that looked beyond their rich history to their future as a vital arts organization.

The new logo is composed of a brush-lettered scrawl projecting in a megaphone shape. The colors are bright and bold, like the character, present currency, and dynamism of the organization itself. We hope the new identity communicates the voice of the Poetry Project:

…The most important thing that we do is present… Without listenership, readership, AUDIENCE, the Project wouldn’t exist for the luminaries to do their thing.

We built the site in WordPress (as code is poetry), allowing the Project to post content on a regular basis in various types, including calendar events, photos, audio, and video from events, historic archives and news. The Poetry Project hosts many events, so a calendar function was a big priority. For this, we used the plugin Event Calendar 3. (Other plugins used, if you’re curious: Contact Form 7Audio Player, Smart YouTube, WP Super Cache, Cleaner Gallery and a few more. We went plugin crazy on this one).

The site also features a store to sell, among other things, membership to the Poetry Project and subscriptions to their publications. We used Big Cartel for that puppy.

We’re psyched about the results. It’s been a true labor of love. Take a look.