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Forum One Wins 13 AVA Awards!

We are pleased to announce that Forum One has been awarded 13 AVA Awards for excellence in design, video, and website development!

The AVA Digital Awards are an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. Awards are given for a range of digital work such as audio and video production, website development, social media engagement, and mobile marketing.

We are honored to announce that this year, we won four Platinum Awards and four Gold Awards, and were awarded five Honorable Mentions. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to work with these amazing organizations.

Platinum Awards

Global Health Security Index in the Creativity (Web Design)/Web Infographics Category 

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The Global Health Security Index ( is the first comprehensive assessment of global health security capabilities in 195 countries. Each Country was evaluated against 147 questions that roll up into 37 indicators and six categories.

Forum One worked with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to build a WordPress site which comes from many javascript data visualizations of the data in the index, including maps, histograms, various slices and summaries of the 195 Countries’ scores, country comparison, and score simulator for each country. 

Seattle Center in the Website/Nonprofit Category

Seattle Center

Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center is an arts, educational, tourism and entertainment center in Seattle whose purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities.

Forum One worked with Seattle Center to fully redefine its digital presence, creating a fully-responsive, boldly-designed website that engages and welcomes the community online. We provided strategy, user experience, and information architecture, design, branding, and responsive front-end development for the site for implementation in the Ingeniux CMS.

The Sexual and Reproductive Rights Index in the Creativity/Web Interactivity Category

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Originally founded as the Health and Development Policy Project in 1994, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights as a means to achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls by shaping public discourse, elevating women’s voices, and influencing the United States Government. 

CHANGE’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Index critically assesses the U.S. government’s global health policies and funding that impact SRHR and measures its performance by grading it annually on its commitments, leadership, funding levels and actions. Forum One developed a fully-decoupled CMS for the Index that allows the SRHR team to seamlessly and easily manage their content within a flexible layout and design.

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in the Website/Government Category


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s mission is to promote understanding of the natural world and our place in it. The Museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another. Forum One worked with the Museum to bring this sense of wonder online by completely redesigning and redeveloping its website into a beautiful, active, and audience-driven experience that showcases all that the Museum offers — from its collections and exhibits, to the active research its experts are doing every day to inspire new ways of understanding and engaging with the natural world.

Gold Awards

“A Day with DIS” in the Creativity (Production)/360° Category

Located in the nation’s capital, The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) is a national public health membership organization representing health department STD directors, their support staff, and community-based partners across 50 states, seven large cities, and eight US territories. The Forum One team collaborated with NCSD to create “A Day with a DIS” video to highlight the historic, but little-understood and known, work of a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS).

EducationLinks in the Website/Educational Institution Category

USAID’s EducationLinks is a central resource for USAID offices and development professionals working to improve education around the world to learn and share knowledge to create and implement successful, effective education and skills development programs.

Forum One conceptualized, designed, and developed the new USAID EducationLinks website in Drupal 8 to serve as a central resource for USAID offices and development professionals worldwide. The new site unifies USAID’s central education programs site with multiple partner websites using a “hub and spoke” model.

Florida State Parks in the Website/Tourism Category

Florida State Parks welcomes visitors to 175 award-winning state parks and helps them plan their visit. They offer various programs including cultural events and outdoor education. 

Forum One worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to redesign the Florida State Parks website in Drupal 8 to better serve visitors with a visually-stunning and user-friendly design that encourages more people to explore the state’s natural and cultural resources firsthand.

Offshore Drilling Position Tracking Tool in the Creativity/Web Interactivity Category

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth — its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. NRDC combines the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 600 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

Forum One worked with NRDC to release an updated digital tracking tool where the public can look up governors and members of Congress to see where they stand on offshore oil and gas leasing. With 208 members of Congress now opposing drilling, up from 199 in the previous Congress, there is a new energy in the bipartisan fight to block the administration’s radical plan to open nearly all of our coasts to federal oil and gas leasing.

Honorable Mentions

Alliance for California Traditional Arts in the Website/Nonprofit Category

ACTA is a statewide and national leader dedicated to supporting cultural practitioners in the arts and their communities. ACTA works with communities to craft responsive programs and services. ACTA is the bridge between cultural communities, providing opportunities for exchange, collaboration, and connection to new resources across the state of California 

Forum One redesigned their existing D6 website into a new streamlined WordPress site that highlights their programs and honors the artists and community members they work with. 

Head Start Education Resources in the Mobile Web/App for Business Category

The Office of Head Start helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote children’s development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being. 

Forum One was engaged to design and develop a new Head Start mobile app that provides early childhood educators, and others involved in Head Start programs, with specific, valuable information and resources. The new app makes it easy to access key information on the go (rather than searching through the website), is accessible, and has a solid user interface. You can download it today on Google Play or in the Apple App Store today!

Lever for Change in the Website/Nonprofit Category

Lever for Change is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Affiliate, whose mission is to unlock philanthropic capital and accelerate positive social change around the world’s biggest challenges. Lever for Change helps philanthropists source vetted, high-impact philanthropic opportunities and connects nonprofits and problem solvers to significant amounts of philanthropic capital.

The Forum One team designed and developed a bold website that both launched the new program, and facilitates connection-making between philanthropists, innovative changemakers, and high-impact opportunities.

National Endowment for the Humanities in the Website/Government Category

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. 

Forum One completely redesigned and redeveloped the NEH website,  a process that included the successful migration of over 10,000 pieces of content into a modern user experience, based on the very best trends in editorial websites, that makes it easy and inspiring for users to navigate.

The Smithsonian African American Film Festival in the Creativity (Web Design)/Website Category

As a collaboration between the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Center for African American Media Arts,  the first-ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival took place in October 2018 in Washington, DC. 

Forum One provided creative vision, user experience strategy, design, front-end development, quality assurance testing, and analytics services to create and launch the SAAFF website. The team also established a strong and unique brand identity for the festival website and additional digital platforms.

Congratulations to the Forum One team and our wonderful clients who together created these great digital designs and platforms. Your amazing work has been noticed!

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