It’s been a landmark year at Ekko Designs. As fall has officially hit the Northwest and we reflect on the last ten months of amazing design opportunities, it’s easy to say that we’ve had some of the most challenging and simultaneously the most rewarding projects of our lifetime this year. So we present: our six Favorite Projects of 2013. And here’s to another great year in the world of web design in Portland!
Lost Coast Snacks
DePaul Industries’ CEO won Entrepreneur of The Year for 2012 so we were extremely honored when they reached out to Ekko when looking to brand and market their new snack line, Lost Coast Snacks. DePaul’s mission is to help people with disabilities have the opportunity to work, and Lost Coast Snacks was one more fruitful way to provide those opportunities. Ekko provided branding, packaging, print material, and a custom built website. It was an honor to help them “make the world a better place by helping people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment.”
This was not the first time we’ve built a website for Compassion Connect (in fact this was the fifth), but it was a huge undertaking when they asked us to help oversee the creative direction of their campaign to take their models to the national level. We designed and published a book, built a digital download center for their toolkit, developed their sponsorship material, and helped write their marketing and training videos.
It’s not often we have a client sit us down and say “we want to revolutionize the foster care system” but that’s exaclty what the CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation said to me over breakfast at Petite Provence. Their vision was to raise up 884 families from the 1,100 local churches in the Portland area to step in and make a difference for foster children, and to do it with a website. The website would tell the stories, explain the need, and provide opportunities to help children in the foster care system. Check it out at www.embraceoregon.org.
Early in 2013, a connected ministry leader told us there are two organizations in Portland that are more connected to the local non-profits and churches than anyone else. The first was Portland Leadership Foundation, whom we worked with on Embrace Oregon. The second was Luis Palau Association (LPA). Many churches in the Portland area look to LPA’s decades of ministry as their lead to follow. And the segment of LPA that encapsulates this the best is CityServe. So needless to say, we were quite honored when Palau chose Ekko to rebrand their organization and create a new website to equip and empower churches to serve their city. And as CityServe’s director Cindy Kirk put it, “For the past three years we struggled with this internally and now with Ekko’s insights and skills, [this website] is a reality for which we are extremely pleased.” The best part? They immediately asked us to come back and build another version of this website to be used on a national scale.
Vertical Medicine Resources
This was not our typical experience, but when you have an Orthopedic Surgeon tell you that he and his doctor friends want to start a company, you quickly jump on the opportunity to help. Pearce and his partners not only have a passion for climbing, but a heart to provide resources to keep others with the same passions safe in their adventures. So Ekko helped this group of M.D.s with their branding, packaging and online presence. And you always love it when their initial response to your first mockups is “Oh. My. These are beautiful. Far exceed expectations. Really, really great work.” Needless to say, they were quite happy with the resulting brand and website.
These Numbers Have Faces
I first met Justin Zoradi back in 2009 when he told me “I want the best non-profit website in Portland.” The end result was a website that lead to dozens of our clients saying, “We want a site like These Numbers Have Faces.” So four years later when they needed a rebrand and redesign, we really wanted to be the company they worked with. After a thorough process exploring all their options, we were so pleased they chose to work with Ekko again. Now we’re about 80% finished with their new site and we can’t wait to show you what we truly believe will be in the discussion for the “best non-profit website in Portland.”
Be Our Next Great Project
We want to work with you as our next great project in 2014!