Seeking Designers
Do you know of or are involved with a grassroots, non-profit, or community organization that could benefit from the volunteer support of a designer?

Please note that it may take up to a month for your request to be addressed. D/A is a volunteer-run organization and we appreciate your patience. Ideal projects for Designers Available are those with a deadline at least two months from the time of submitting a request. On occasion, we are able to accomodate projects with a faster turnaround, about six to twelve weeks. If you have an urgent need, please fill out this form and email info@designersavailable.com.

If you are a designer interested in volunteering, please fill out your information at tinyurl.com/designersavailable.

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Here's a quick list of just a few of ways that a designer could be of service to your organization: designing brands including logos and visual systems you can use to make your organization look cohesive, designing print materials like brochures and flyers to tell people about the work that you do, designing websites to amplify the work that you do, designing social media graphics to share on instagram, facebook, and twitter, designing invitations to fundraising and cultivation events, designing systems and processes that you could use to maintain your organization, designing materials like business cards and stationary, and so on!

The Designers Available process usually looks like this:
Setting Up the Project
1. Work with us to create a project brief that gets shared with the network.

2. Designers will get back to us and let us know if they are interested and available.

3. We will connect you with the designer that you’d like to work with and partner you with a project manager who will help oversee the flow of the project.

4. There will be a kick-off phone-call to introduce all parties, review the timeline and work agreement, and talk about the specifics of the work.

The Design Process
1. Designer presents a few rough draft options. This option will be rudimentary and will mostly focus on concept rather than specifics of form and color.

2. You will choose one option to move forward with and present feedback on what you’d like to see, what there should be more of, what there should be less of.

3. Designer will revise the chosen draft option and incorporate your feedback. The draft will become more specific, often incorporating color. This will be much closer to what the final will look like.

4. You will offer feedback on specifics about this option. Consider this feedback to be the last moment to make big changes to the final design to stay on track. What you see next will be close to the final so bring up any concerns you have. Be sure to share this with any stakeholders if you haven’t already.

5. Designer will revise the design and prepare a final design for your approval. This will be the final design before it is finalized.

6. You will approve the final design or request an extension of the project, which will involve adding time to the project and if this was a paid project, would involve paying additional fees. Any feedback at this point should be highly specific.
Once the design is approved, the designer will produce the final design and present you with the assets (logo files, print files, website, etc.)

Wrapping Up
1. The designer will prepare the final files as well as help you understand anything you need to know to use the design work, such as a brand guideline, website log-in, or tutorial on making edits to your site.

2. After this period has finished, you will be responsible for managing your design going forward. You will pay for hosting and domain names, hire designers and other production help, send to printers, etc.

3. We’d love to know how the process went for you - What can D/A know about how to improve the experience for partners going forward. Let’s talk on the phone or meet in person for an exit interview.

How You Can Help
1. The designer will prepare the final files as well as help you understand anything you need to know to use the design work, such as a brand guideline, website log-in, or tutorial on making edits to your site.

2. After this period has finished, you will be responsible for managing your design going forward. You will pay for hosting and domain names, hire designers and other production help, send to printers, etc.

3. We’d love to know how the process went for you - What can D/A know about how to improve the experience for partners going forward. Let’s talk on the phone or meet in person for an exit interview.

Getting Started
Before you start a project with a designer, it's important for you, the partner/client to be prepared. Please consider the following:

1. Do you have a sense of the deadline for this project? Is there an upcoming event that you need promotional materials for or a website launched by?

2. Who are the decision makers in this process and how will they be involved?

3. How much time do you have to dedicate to this project? Will you be able to check in with a designer once a week? Once every two weeks?

4. Do you have final content ready? Do you have the final approved and proofread copy for your website or printed materials? Have you checked in with stakeholders around requirements to consider for branding? Do you have high resolution images that you have the legal rights to use?

5. How will the final pieces be produced? If you are working with a designer to design a website, will you expect the designer to build the site or will you be hiring a developer? Do you have a relationship with a printer or vendor that you work with and have you received a quote or had a conversation about the project?

Once you've considered and outlined these questions for yourself, you are ready to work with a designer. Please feel free to reach out if you'd like to have a conversation about any of these questions. (info@designersavailable.com)

Have you read the above outline on the Designers Available process and are ready to be matched with a designer? *
Designers Available is a volunteer-based organization. It might take up to one month for your request to be acknowledged and an additional two weeks to be matched with a designer. *
Designers Available is intended to serve organizations who don't have access to design because of limited budgets and resources. Our partners do not have dedicated communications staff members or designers. Please describe below your need for pro bono services. *
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