Sensical Design & Communication is a small graphic design firm in Washington, DC, specializing in publication design for non-profits and financial-services companies.

Graphic Design, Washington DC, Publication Design, Print Design, Web Design, Book Design, Creative Strategy, Sustainability, Consulting

Sensical Design & Communication is a premier provider of graphic design, publication design, and web design to Washington, DC. We have provided professional, affordable services to the following clients:

Among Washington DC graphic design firms, Sensical Design leads the way as a print design, web design and creative strategy firm located in the Capitol Hill area of Washington DC. We provide a full range of creative strategy and graphic design services for corporate branding projects, print collateral, advertising, marketing, book design, magazine design, and web site development. Top Shelf Design is led by owner and founder Daniel Kohan. We can deliver an exceptional level of customer service and outstanding results. Call today at (202) 546-8049 or email info@sensicaldesign.com to learn more about how Sensical Design can bolster your look and your bottom line.

The following terms are commonly used to describe our services:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Design Company
  • Web Design
  • Web Site Design
  • Web Development
  • Logo
  • Corporate Identity
  • Brochure Design
  • Non-Profit Design
  • Nonprofit Design
  • Financial-Services Design
  • Annual Report Design
  • Business Card Design
  • E-newsletters
  • Marketing
  • Publication Design
  • Book Design
  • Book Covers
  • Magazine Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Green Design
  • Annual Report Design
  • Print Collateral
  • Drupal and Wordpress Design
  • Information Graphics
  • Copywriting

Sensical Design provides Graphic Design and Web Design to the following local areas:

  • Graphic Design Alexandria, VA
  • Graphic Design Arlington, VA
  • Graphic Design Fairfax, VA
  • Graphic Design Reston, VA
  • Graphic Design Herndon, VA
  • Graphic Design Springfield, VA
  • Graphic Design Bethesda, MD
  • Graphic Design Columbia, MD
  • Graphic Design Silver Spring, MD
  • Graphic Design Annapolis, MD
  • Graphic Design Baltimore, MD
  • Graphic Design Loudoun, VA
  • Graphic Design Capitol Hill
  • Graphic Design Penn Quarter
  • Graphic Design Georgetown
  • Web Design Arlington, VA
  • Web Design Fairfax, VA
  • Web Design Reston, VA
  • Web Design Herndon, VA
  • Web Design Springfield, VA
  • Web Design Bethesda, MD
  • Web Design Columbia, MD
  • Web Design Silver Spring, MD
  • Web Design Annapolis, MD
  • Web Design Baltimore, MD
  • Web Design Loudoun, VA
  • Web Design Capitol Hill
  • Web Design Penn Quarter
  • Web Design Georgetown

Website Updates

We hadn’t delved into the code controlling the look and feel of our Sensical Design website for a few years, and it was getting to be time for a refresh. So over the past few weeks, we’ve been making a few updates in spare moments. The most significant was to make the site responsive, i.e. to make it adjust to the screen size of any device, from desktops to smartphones. This wasn’t a priority when we were building the site a few years ago, but it’s become a must-have for websites now that so many web visits are from mobile devices.

We also updated a few things, replacing the contact form and Twitter feed, changing the font from Helvetica to Proxima Nova (much easier to do now than it used to be), and making other minor fixes. If you see anything that seems to be broken, please let us know.

If your company or nonprofit has an outdated website that isn’t mobile-ready and needs an update for responsive web design, or needs a total overhaul, get in touch. We’d love to help bring you up to date.

 

Sensical Design Featured in GDUSA for Green Design

GDUSA screenshotThe September issue of Graphic Design USA, a news magazine for the graphic design business, features their annual Green Design roundup. The story highlights eleven firms around the country that are committed to sustainable design practices. We’re proud to say that Sensical Design is one of the featured firms. The story features an interview with principal Daniel Kohan and highlights a recent project, the Ruka Press book The Pipeline and the Paradigm.

After seeing An Inconvenient Truth several years ago, Sensical Design principal Daniel Kohan found himself increasingly concerned about the potential devastation of global warming. Kohan decided to dedicate his firm – a small Capitol Hill studio focused on publication and book design for nonprofits and financial services companies – to sustainable design practices.

You can read the whole story on the GDUSA website.

 

Water Scarcity Website

Water Scarcity Solutions websiteSensical Design was asked to create this special-project website for the 2030 Water Resources Group. 2030 WRG had developed a printed catalog of case studies of their international work helping governments meet water-supply challenges. We were asked to translate the material into a website that would put the case studies into a searchable, filterable database on the Web. Users can open up items they are interested in learning more about or download the full case study as a PDF. The site was built on the Expression Engine platform using an agile development process (simultaneously working on the design and the programming) that allowed us to go from conception to launch in only six weeks. The site was also designed to be mobile-friendly and responsive. You can see the live site here.

 

FinNet 2013 Proceedings Ebook

FinNet ProceedingsSensical Design was asked to create an interactive ebook as a follow-up to the International Finance Corporation’s 2013 FinNet Conference. Although the subject matter is the proceedings of an international development conference, the client wanted a lively, magazine-like feel that emphasized the images and graphics rather than the text. The 64-page book is filled with photos of the event, brief summaries of the various panels, and links to videos of the major presentations. Interactive graphics are sprinkled throughout the book as well to add visual interest. The ebook was produced for the Zmags platform, using their new HTML5 viewer, which allows for a consistent user experience across desktops, iPads, and other mobile devices. You can see the whole book here.

 

Horseshoe Crab Book Cover Wins Award

Dan with winning coverWe are thrilled to say that the cover we designed last year for the book Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor was honored last night with an award from the Washington Book Publishers. The book, which we designed for our publishing arm, Ruka Press, was a winner in the annual Book Design and Effective Awards in the category Illustrated Cover, Commercial Publishers. We were competing with books from much larger publishers, including a number of our Washington museums, so it’s very exciting to be a winner.

This is the third time Sensical Design has been honored by the Washington Book Publishers, and the first time for Ruka Press. Special thanks to illustrator Leslie Prunty for her beautiful horseshoe crab painting.