Joey’s Corner

Joey’s Corner

Duration

2005–present

Client

Nonprofit organizations focusing on health care, children’s and social well-being issues

Project Title

Joey’s Corner

Team
  • Creative Director: Michael Osborne
  • Designer: Katy McCauley
  • Designer: Sheri Kuniyuki

Brief

As a result of the passing of my son, Joseph Michael Osborne, in October 2004, I founded the nonprofit design studio Joey’s Corner to honor his life and memory. This studio commits full-time to meeting the design needs of nonprofit organizations that focus on health care, children’s and social well-being issues.

Research

After opening my design firm in 1981, I began doing pro bono design work for various nonprofit groups. I don’t remember exactly how it started, but over time I saw a pattern: Many of these organizations had very few printed materials, amateurish identities and no consistency whatsoever across whatever materials they did have. It always looked to me as if everything was “designed” by the daughter of a friend’s brother’s neighbor on a 15-year-old computer program.

I also saw that many of these organizations were doing amazing work—locally, nationally and internationally. They needed well-designed, strategic marketing tools just as much as—if not more than—corporate America. General Motors or Coca-Cola, for example, can spend millions and millions of dollars each year on design, marketing, advertising and promotion, whereas nonprofit groups typically exist on donations, operating on shoestring budgets. “Design” doesn’t even appear on their budget sheets.

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Logo and mission statement for Joey’s Corner (joeyscorner.org)

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Promotional brochure design for Build (build.org)

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Logo and identity system design for Build (build.org), which “runs the nation’s largest youth incubators with the mission to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success”

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Website design for Leap Arts In Education (leaparts.org)

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Spread from Joey’s Corner yearbook that epitomizes the organization’s outlook, purpose and inspiration

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Logo design for San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (sfcapc.org) which is ”dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the promotion of healthy families and the mental health of children” 

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Logo design for Leap Arts in Education (leaparts.org), which “provides hands-on, high quality residency programs in the arts to elementary and middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area”

Strategy

A consistent, well-designed branding and collateral system better arms any organization—including a nonprofit—to present itself in a professional manner and, thus, to be more competitive. Because hundreds and hundreds of nonprofit organizations compete for the same donation dollars, this edge is just as imperative for the nonprofit sector as it is for the for-profit sector. Understanding that those better equipped with well-thought-out, beautifully designed materials are more likely to gain the attention of potential donors, Joey’s Corner is dedicated to providing pro bono, strategic creative services to nonprofit groups focusing on health care, children’s and social well-being issues. We deliver targeted design solutions, from corporate identity and marketing materials, to website design and product development.

Effectiveness

To date, Joey’s Corner has worked with more than two dozen different nonprofit organizations, supporting them and helping them leverage the power of strong visual communication and design to further their profoundly valuable work. It is a true force of full-time design good.

Pro Bono

Joey’s Corner is a non-profit 5o1(c)3 organization funded by donations and fund-raising. Occasionally a project is underwritten by a donor with an interest in a particular cause, or perhaps by an individual who can truly understand the power of effective communication tools.

This case study is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

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