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Resilient Communities

Documents on cultivating and protecting sustainable neighborhoods and organizations

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Taking Care of Business

PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTION, INFOGRAPHICS, LAYOUT, & PRINT OVERSIGHT

CLIENT: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK

2011

This year-long study on small businesses in Philadelphia uncovered the reasons for their low rate of growth here and offered recommendations on how the City could better support them. Inspired by themes of strength, optimism and clarity, the design uses bright colors call out areas of important content, with a light—yet strict—layout grid. A particular challenge was creating a spread that visualized the circuitous process of approvals to obtain a projecting storefront sign. Written by Karen Black of May 8 Consulting; photographs by Dan Colavito; and printed locally using green printing guidelines.

 

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Jumpstart How To Guide

PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTION, INFOGRAPHICS, LAYOUT, & PRINT OVERSIGHT

 CLIENT: Philadelphia LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION (LISC)

2017

Jumpstart is a new model of community development, shaped by the successful initiative in Philadelphia’s Germantown section, that provides training, mentoring, networking, and financing options for aspiring local developers. This 40-page guide offers tools neighborhood leaders need to create a Jumpstart program of their own: getting a training program off the ground, setting up network of local developers, or laying the groundwork for a loan program. Charts summarize how to use staff time effectively, and the integration of custom photography by Steve Legato brings to life the people behind the initiative. Part of a suite of educational and promotional materials developed in partnership with Alison Rooney Communications, including a website, brochure, slide deck, and student workbook.

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