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Forum One Wins 12 Communicator Awards

Kassandra Swenson

Senior Marketing Specialist, Forum One

We are excited to announce that Forum One has been recognized as a 2021 Communicator Awards winner of 12 awards in six different categories! 

The Communicator Awards honor excellence in innovation and creative work in marketing and communications. Organized by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), this year’s 27th annual awards includes over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

Forum One received 12 awards in six categories in this year’s awards for excellence and distinction in website design, development, and digital strategy across the categories of environmental awareness, health, art, cultural institutions, and associations. 

Without further ado: the winners!

NRDC’s “Fighting Polluters Since 1970”

Excellence – 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. NRDC launched an immersive storytelling experience featuring powerful stories and moments from the last 50 years to mark its anniversary. Our team partnered with NRDC to conceptualize how to capture these highlights in an engaging and informative story. The digital storytelling approach powerfully 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.

The Vilcek Foundation 

Excellence – Website for Art

The Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation has a mission to elevate and communicate the importance of immigrants’ contributions to the arts and sciences in America. The New York-based foundation also awards 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. 

The Frist Art Museum

Excellence – Website for Cultural Institutions 

The Frist Art Museum

The Frist Art Museum is a destination for art, culture, and community in the heart of Nashville, TN. Forum One worked with the Frist team to reimagine, redesign, and develop a new museum website in WordPress, with the goals of creating an engaging digital presence that inspires cultural curiosity and brings visitors back time and again for new and enriching experiences. 

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History DIY Exhibits

Excellence – Website for Cultural Institutions

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History DIY Exhibits

The National Museum of Natural History has a mission to promote a greater understanding of the natural world and our place in it. Forum One worked with the NMNH to bring this sense of wonder to the Museum’s online presence, completely redesigning and developing its website in the latest open source technology. Together, we designed a beautiful, active, and audience-driven experience to showcase all that the Museum offers, going beyond its collections and exhibits to showcase the active research its experts are doing every day to inspire new ways of understanding and engaging with the natural world. 

City Health Dashboard

Excellence – Website for Health

City Health Dashboard

The City Health Dashboard’s goal is to improve the health and well-being of people in communities throughout the United States. To do this, 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. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Excellence – Website for Health

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation is dedicated to advancing the mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado by providing family-centered care, conducting cutting-edge research and treatment to build kids’ confidence through their hospital sports program, and providing family sleep rooms and integrating arts therapy into the healing process. 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 are attracting, engaging and growing their target audiences, including donors and supporters. 

The ALS Association

Excellence – Website for Associations

The ALS Association

The ALS Association works to discover treatments and a cure for ALS while also improving quality of life for people affected. 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. 

Climatelinks

Distinction – Website for Environmental Awareness

Climatelinks

Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. Forum One designed and developed the ClimateLinks website and provides analytics, engagement strategy, and content strategy support to the ClimateLinks team to help them build more active connections with users through their digital communications.

Appalachian Regional Commission

Distinction – Website for Environmental Awareness

Appalachian Regional Commission

Forum One worked with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a federal grant-making body with a mission to increase economic opportunity and parity in the region, to refresh its brand identity and design and develop a modern, user-friendly digital presence that serves as the go-to hub for research, data, grant opportunities, and resources to build partnerships and grow the region’s success.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Align for Health

Distinction – Website for Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Align for Health

Align for Health is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Georgia Health Policy Center that aims to build stronger partnerships across the health care, public health, and social services sectors to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities. Forum One teamed up with McCabe Message Partners to launch a new WordPress website for Align for Health to share its resources and connect its audiences, with our team providing user experience and visual design, front- and back-end development, and quality assurance.

NTI Nuclear Security Index

Distinction – Website for Website Redesign

NTI Nuclear Security Index

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 actions for governments to better protect nuclear materials and 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, with the goals of making the data easier to understand and more motivating and actionable.

National Endowment for the Arts

Distinction – Website for Art

National Endowment for the Arts

Forum One redesigned and developed the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) website in Drupal 9 to help NEA more effectively communicate its impact in local communities, to reach its goals to engage more diverse grantees – especially from rural and underserved areas – and demonstrate its value to secure support from policymakers and ultimately bring the arts to more Americans. 

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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