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Forum One Wins 11 Communicator Awards in 2023

We’re happy to say that Forum One has won 11 Communicator Awards in 7 different categories for the second year in a row!

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 29th annual awards included around 3,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the world’s largest awards of its kind.

Forum One received 11 awards in seven categories in this year’s awards for excellence and distinction in website and app design, development, and digital strategy across the categories of non-profits, cultural institutions, science, health and wellness, and education.

2022 State of Babies Yearbook (Zero to Three) 

Excellence – Annual Report for Non-Profit

State of Babies Yearbook

Zero to Three works to ensure all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. Their annual report, the State of Babies Yearbook, frames rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to influence decision-makers positioned to improve public policies and interventions in support of children and families.

For the second year in a row, Forum One developed a brand-aligned design that was both easy to read and inviting. This 157-page report created a useful tool for Zero to Three’s advocacy at any stage.

March of Dimes

Excellence – Website for Non-Profit

March of Dimes

March of Dimes is dedicated to leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Their goals are to end preventable maternal health risks and deaths, end preventable preterm birth and infant death, and close the health equity gap. Their work includes research, education for families and health professionals, support for families directly affected by the maternal health crisis, and advocacy.

Forum One partnered with March of Dimes to consolidate their more than 40 web platforms to develop an easy and streamlined experience for audience members to engage as they like, as well as create a website that could clearly communicate their mission.

Compass by March of Dimes

Excellence – App for Non-Profit

As part of March of Dimes’ mission to fight for the health of all mothers and babies, March of Dimes came to Forum One with the goal of being the digital leader in providing families across the birthing continuum with comprehensive support at the right time to meet their needs. To achieve this, March of Dimes and Forum One worked together to develop Compass by March of Dimes.

Compass is an app designed to support parents in their journey from pregnancy through postpartum by providing answers, resources, and compassion at every step. The app includes journals and trackers to allow parents to record important information about their journey, a glossary of commonly used terms, a community and resource library, directory of NICU family support partners, a postpartum checkup, and more.

Freedman’s Bureau Search Portal (NMAAHC)

Excellence – Website for Cultural Institutions

Freedman's Bureau Search Portal

In 2016 NMAAHC launched the Freedmen’s Bureau Transcription Project in the Smithsonian Transcription Center. Since then, thousands of volunteers have transcribed hundreds of thousands of image files of the more than 1.7 million pages of documents in the Freedmen’s Bureau archive, the largest transcription project ever undertaken by the Smithsonian. To make these files as searchable as possible, NMAAHC teamed up with Forum One and Quotient, to build the Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal. Through this online portal, anyone can search the transcribed and indexed Freedmen’s Bureau Archive in one place. 

The Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal was a massive undertaking that could not have happened without the Smithsonian, multiple partners, the thousands of volunteers who transcribed the documents, and the technology that powers the portal. To date, more than 400,000 pages of records have been transcribed. If you would like to help transcribe the remaining documents, please visit the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Excellence – Website for Science

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) is a multipurpose research facility operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy. Since its opening in 1962, SLAC has been helping create the future, including the launch of the first website in North America in 1991. In order to continue attracting top talent and share its mission with stakeholders, SLAC was looking for a complete redesign of its website. Forum One worked with SLAC to create a Drupal site that achieved all of these goals and more.  

AARP Livability Index

Distinction – Website for Health & Wellness

AARP Livability Index

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. Within the organization, the AARP Public Policy Institute maintains the AARP Livability Index, a key tool in their mission to promote the development of sound, creative policies to address common needs for economic security, health care, and quality of life.

Forum One helped the AARP Livability Index meet the needs of their audiences with an easier-to-use website and accessible data that informs consumer and policy decisions nationwide. In addition to winning this Communicator Award, the relaunched AARP Livability Index won accolades for usability and design, including Gold at The W³ and Davey Awards, but the greatest impact was in meeting AARP’s goals for a user-focused, accessible tool that would truly communicate valuable information for AARP’s primary audience.

American Jazz Museum

Distinction – Website for Cultural Institutions

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, and features live music in their venues, The Blue Room, and Gem Theater. We partnered with the Museum to launch their new brand to the world. This work not only included launching a new website, but also revitalizing the entire American Jazz Museum brand as a whole. The new American Jazz Museum brand positions the museum to be a beacon of rich history and vibrancy for the community and neighborhood, and attract audiences from around the country to experience music from a range of eras and artists.

National Rural Health Resource Center

Distinction – Website for Non-Profit

National Rural Health Resource Center

The National Rural Health Resource Center provides technical assistance, information, tools, and resources for the improvement of rural health care. The work that the center does is crucial in rural communities where it improves the health of rural populations and helps to keep many rural hospitals open.

Forum One worked with the National Rural Health Resource Center to design their new website in Drupal 9. This redesign took a user-centric approach to better meet the needs of the site’s users and also utilized accessible, inclusive, and scalable design.

Pacific Science Center

Distinction – Website for Cultural Institutions

The Pacific Science Center is an independent, non-profit museum in Seattle with a mission to ignite curiosity and fuel passion for discovery, experimentation, and science for people of all ages and backgrounds. Forum One worked with the Pacific Science Center to redesign and develop their website in WordPress to highlight the museum’s post-pandemic reopening and connect audiences with their expanded slate of digital events and exhibits. The site offers an intuitive and high-performing experience across devices, with a smooth ticketing process and user-centered design. The Pacific Science Center’s new website launched in tandem with the museum’s physical reopening, successfully serving a high number of visitors on reopening weekend. 

Support Children’s Colorado Foundation

Distinction – Website for Health & Wellness

Support Children's Colorado Foundation

Established in 1978, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation is dedicated to advancing the mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado through family-centered care and cutting-edge research and treatment. The goal of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation is to care for and cure children through the provision of high-quality care, education, research, and advocacy.

The Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation came to us with the goal of rethinking its digital ecosystem from the ground up and optimizing how they attract, engage, and grow their target audiences, including donors and supporters. To achieve this, Forum One conducted a comprehensive landscape analysis and full audits of their technical ecosystem, communications, and analytics as well as stakeholder interviews. All of this work ultimately informed the redesign of the Support Children’s Colorado Foundation site which now helps the organization to understand the organization better and see the value of digital philanthropy.

The Nation’s Report Card

Distinction – Website for Education

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a U.S. Department of Education program, assesses students around the country on educational outcomes and reports the results to a wide set of stakeholders, including policymakers, education officials, and the media. Since 2012, Educational Testing Service (ETS) has engaged Forum One to design and build more engaging, interactive reports to share the NAEP results, including the most recent 2022 Nation’s Report Cards for Mathematics and Reading, designing and building interactive reports to explore NAEP data at the national, state, and district levels. We also created Highlights pages of infographics, visualizations, and data stories to summarize key takeaways, trends, and insights into the state of K-12 education, including those for the Mathematics, Reading, and Science reports. 

Winning awards is always something to be proud of, but what we’re most proud of is the amazing work our Forum One team members do every day to create an impact for our clients. Each of the teams behind these projects bring best-in-class skills and a passion for their clients’ missions that allow us to not only win awards like this year’s Communicator Awards but also to make an impact in our communities and our world, and for that, we couldn’t be more thankful.

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