March 19th, 2014 at 11:23am
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If your company or nonprofit has an outdated website that isn’t mobile-ready and needs an update for responsive web design, or needs a total overhaul, get in touch.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.
October 9th, 2013 at 4:06pm
The 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 â€“ a small Capitol Hill studio focused on publication and book design for nonprofits and financial services companies â€“ to sustainable design practices.
You can read the whole story on the GDUSA website.
September 11th, 2013 at 4:05pm
Sensical 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.
July 3rd, 2013 at 2:53pm
Sensical 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.
May 22nd, 2013 at 6:23pm
We 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.