Rise.org

The Client

Rise.org

Who are they

Rise helps those with mental and physical disabilities find employment and thrive in their employment environments. The work tirelessly to help make people's lives more vibrant and spend their time, energy, and resources supporting those who need it most.

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Words First

Words lead to more sales. That's why we spend the time needed to get to know you and your ideal clients.

Problem

Rise.org offers amazing employment and support services. The problems is that they offer SO many and in many different locations. When a site visitor shows up at their site, they need any easy way to find exactly what kind of services are available in their area.

Solution

Not only did we rework their messaging with a super clear Storybranded framework, we also created a custom Search & Filter system for their programs. People coming to Rise.org needed to be able to filter through their programs according to program type, populations served, location, and transportation options. And we didn't want anything standing in the way of people finding the support and services they need to be successful. We are extremely proud of this site and hope that is continues to help people get the support they need for years to come.

Top-Teir Design

Good design supports good messaging and increases brand authority.

Driving Design Concept:

As their name suggests, Rise is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unlock potential and open doors to success for people with disabilities. Our goal in designing their new site was to create an environment and tone that would be both lively and welcoming to potential participants and their caregivers. First and foremost, due to the diverse demographic of potential visitors to this site, we made sure to follow the ADA compliance standards closely to ensure the site was accessible to all people. Using their existing logo and vibrant color pallet we created custom icons and a bold triangular pattern that was then used throughout the site to bring life and color continuity throughout. Triangles were a nod to their logo but also a way to drive home the movement and ‘upward momentum’ of freedom and opportunity that participants of Rise experience. It was also very important that the site connected to the hearts of those visiting it. For that reason, you won’t find any stock photography on this site! Rise had a plethora of imagery that had not been represented or displayed well on their previous website. We made sure to use these photos on each and every page to emphasize the amazing participants of their programs and help potential participants get a good feel for what their programs are all about.

Click here to read some tips from our designer

Color & Fonts:

lato

Heading / Ultra-Bold

lato

Paragraph / Normal

Custom Graphics:

Words First

Words lead to more sales. That's why we spend the time needed to get to know you and your ideal clients.

Problem

Rise.org offers amazing employment and support services. The problems is that they offer SO many and in many different locations. When a site visitor shows up at their site, they need any easy way to find exactly what kind of services are available in their area.

Solution

Not only did we rework their messaging with a super clear Storybranded framework, we also created a custom Search & Filter system for their programs. People coming to Rise.org needed to be able to filter through their programs according to program type, populations served, location, and transportation options. And we didn't want anything standing in the way of people finding the support and services they need to be successful. We are extremely proud of this site and hope that is continues to help people get the support they need for years to come.

Top-Teir Design

Good design supports good messaging and increases brand authority.

Driving Design Concept:

As their name suggests, Rise is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unlock potential and open doors to success for people with disabilities. Our goal in designing their new site was to create an environment and tone that would be both lively and welcoming to potential participants and their caregivers. First and foremost, due to the diverse demographic of potential visitors to this site, we made sure to follow the ADA compliance standards closely to ensure the site was accessible to all people. Using their existing logo and vibrant color pallet we created custom icons and a bold triangular pattern that was then used throughout the site to bring life and color continuity throughout. Triangles were a nod to their logo but also a way to drive home the movement and ‘upward momentum’ of freedom and opportunity that participants of Rise experience. It was also very important that the site connected to the hearts of those visiting it. For that reason, you won’t find any stock photography on this site! Rise had a plethora of imagery that had not been represented or displayed well on their previous website. We made sure to use these photos on each and every page to emphasize the amazing participants of their programs and help potential participants get a good feel for what their programs are all about.

Click here to read some tips from our designer

Color & Fonts:

lato

Heading / Ultra-Bold

lato

Paragraph / Normal

Custom Graphics:

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Our Building Process

01. Platform & Technology

We build our sites on WordPress using an intuitive and easy-to-manage page builder (Beaver Builder). We do this primarily because our clients want a website that is simple enough for them to manage on their own: add blog posts, swap out images, make copy changes.

02. Functionality

Most websites we make are what we call "Marketing Sites." They exist to guide a prospective client through the get-to-know-you phase and hand them off to your sales team. Marketing Sites are generally very simple and do not require much beyond a contact form and Active Campaign integration.

Rise.org special functionality:

  1. A primary need for Rise was to have an easy way to find services based on multiple factors (location, services offered, transportation options etc.). We create a custom Search and Filter system on their Programs page to help people navigate the plethora of services offered by Rise throughout MN and WI.
  2. We create two separate Custom Post Types: Events and Programs to facilitate the number of different things happening all the time at Rise.

Some of the plugins we used:

Timeline

A standard website project takes between 11 and 16 weeks, depending on how responsive our clients are able to be when we need their input or feedback. Here are average timeframes:

Onboarding: 1 week

Messaging & Wireframes: 3 weeks

Design & Revisions: 3 weeks

Build: 3 weeks

Revisions: 4 weeks

Launch: 1 week

As with many non-profits, a new website can be a lengthy process. Not only because of the complexity of the site, but also because of the internal approval processes between staff, program directors, and board members. The Rise website project was started in February and launched in November, putting the total project length at roughly 40 weeks.

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