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Forum One Wins 10 Vega Awards

Kassandra Swenson

Senior Marketing Specialist, Forum One

We are excited to announce that Forum One has been recognized as a 2021 Vega Awards winner of 10 awards in eight different categories! 

The Vega Awards acknowledge those who create and continually expand the digital universe. Organized by the International Awards Associate (IAA), a group of industry innovators, creators, designers, and communications professionals deeply committed to recognize and honor the outstanding performance, talent, and effort of the best digital and creative professionals around the world.

Forum One received 10 awards in eight categories in this year’s awards for Canopus (platinum), Centauri (gold), and Arcturus (rose gold) across the categories of environmental awareness, cultural, art, health care services, associations, branded content, and website redesign. 

Drum roll please … we’re excited to announce the winners!

NRDC’s “Fighting Polluters Since 1970”

Natural Resources Defense Council

Canopus – Website for Environmental Awareness

Since 1970, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been working to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. To mark its anniversary, NRDC launched an immersive storytelling experience featuring powerful stories from the last 50 years. Our team partnered with NRDC to conceptualize how to capture these highlights in an engaging and informative story. The digital storytelling approach illustrates all that NRDC has accomplished—from landmark legislation to practical changes that benefit the environment and local communities every day—to inspire audiences to support its work into the future and continue to grow its impact.

National Air & Space Museum

Canopus – Website for Cultural

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight and related works of art and archival materials. It operates two landmark facilities that collectively welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. We worked with the Museum team to re-platform the website from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 with code ready for Drupal 9 and bring their story to life.

The Vilcek Foundation 

Canopus – Website for Art

The New York-based Vilcek Foundation’s mission is to elevate and communicate the importance of immigrants’ contributions to the arts and sciences in America by awarding annual Vilcek Prizes to support innovators in these areas. Forum One worked with the Vilcek Foundation and design partner Pentagram to launch the new vilcek.org, implementing designs in the WordPress CMS to create a responsive, accessible digital experience that tells compelling and engaging impact stories. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Centauri – Website for Health

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation is dedicated to advancing the mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado by providing family-centered care and conducting cutting-edge research and treatment. Forum One and Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation began working together to leverage the foundation’s digital ecosystem to position it as the charity of choice in the Denver area. We worked with them to rethink their digital ecosystem from the ground up and optimize how they attract, engage, and grow their target audiences, including donors and supporters. 

Alliance for Justice

Centauri – Website for Associations 

Since 2017, Forum One has served as a long-term digital transformation and support partner to the Alliance for Justice, a national coalition of advocacy organizations dedicated to ensuring equal justice in a diverse society. We redesigned and developed the new afj.org and Bolder Advocacy websites in WordPress to connect audiences with actionable resources and engagement opportunities, and our team provides ongoing strategic support to optimize AFJ’s digital presence.

I’m Determined

Centauri – Website for Educated

I’m Determined, a project funded by the Virginia Department of Education connects youth—especially those with disabilities—with self-determining educational opportunities and resources to help them succeed in school and life. Forum One worked with stakeholders from I’m Determined and James Madison University (JMU) to reimagine and redesign the program’s brand identity and redesign and develop the website in WordPress to increase I’m Determined’s reach and impact. 

The ALS Association

Centauri – Website for Associations

The ALS Association works to discover treatments and a cure for ALS while also improving the quality of life for people affected by the disease. Forum One partnered with Attain to guide the ALS Association through an enterprise digital transformation, including redesigning ALS.org and 39 chapter sites, migrating its digital ecosystem from Luminate and Blackbaud into the Drupal 8 CMS, and integrating the website platform with the Salesforce CRM and the Classy fundraising platform to help the association serve its multiple audiences and achieve its wide-reaching mission. 

NTI Nuclear Security Index

Arcturus – Website for Website Redesign

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) NTI Nuclear Security Index (NTI Index) is the preeminent global data resource on nuclear security, assessing countries’ progress, highlighting security gaps, and recommending governments to better protect nuclear materials build an effective global security architecture. Forum One worked with NTI to redesign and develop the NTI Index website and data visualizations in WordPress and JavaScript React and D3 technologies to make the data easier to understand and more motivating and actionable.

City Health Dashboard

Arcturus – Website for Health

The City Health Dashboard’s goal is to improve the health and well-being of people in communities throughout the United States. The dashboard provides city leaders and communities with an array of regularly updated data that is specific to neighborhood and/or city boundaries. Forum One designed and developed the City Health Dashboard with NYU Langone Health’s Department of Population Health to share and compare data on 37 measures of public health across more than 500 U.S. cities. 

2021 State of Babies Yearbook (Zero to Three)

Arcturus – Branded Content

The Zero to Three Policy Center, an organization is an independent, non-partisan research-based voice that educates the public and political leaders about the unique developmental needs of babies and toddlers. Zero to Three advances policy solutions designed to support and strengthen families, raise awareness and promote action on behalf of babies and toddlers. The State of Babies Yearbook is an annual report that provides a narrative of the data collected on the developmental needs of babies and toddlers that is shared with policymakers and caregivers to inform legislation and improve outcomes for babies and toddlers.

We are so very grateful for this recognition. We would like to extend an extra congratulations to Forum One team members who’ve been working on these projects and our amazing partners who have given us the opportunity to collaborate.

Written By

Kassandra Swenson

Senior Marketing Specialist, Forum One

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