The Daily Progress Writes Again!

Sunday, September 14th edition of the Daily Progress covered the Design Marathon – take a peek>>


Application for Designers Now Available

The projects have been chosen. We are now accepting applications from designers who would like to participate in the First Annual Design Marathon and donate 12 hours of professional expertise to meet the needs of the ten community organizations.

Download the Application

NOTE: Each individual designer must apply.  Selected designers will be placed on the project they are best suited for. Project teams will not necessarily be made of of individuals from the same firm.  If you are selected to be a designer your firm will be acknowledged as a sponsor of the event.

2008 Projects Announced

Alloy Workshop and the Design Marathon Committee are happy to announce the selection of ten projects for this year’s Design Marathon. Sincere thanks to all of the organizations that applied. This process served as a needs assessment of our nonprofit community – and brings even more excitement to the Design Marathon and the impact design can make within our community. Also, many thanks to our committee for dedicating the time and energy to discuss and deliberate over every application.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network
Mission: To reduce hunger through programs and partnerships which efficiently obtain and distribute nutritious food to people in need
Project: Design ad campaign for advocacy and fundraising purposes along with a banner for special events
Impact: The advertising campaign will raise awareness about hunger in our community, increase donations and will inform those in need about our services.

Music Resource Center
Mission: To educate and inspire young people (7th-12th grade) through music learning opportunities.
Project: Logo Re-Design
Impact: The new look will increase our visibility and help re-invigorate our outreach to teens. This project will also help to solidify our image as we share our model in Virginia and several other states.

Rivanna Conservation Society
Mission: To safeguard the ecological, scenic, recreational and historic resources of the Rivanna River and its tributaries for the benefit of the community and generations that will follow
Project: Design posters for buses (Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene and Fluvanna Counties) to promote the Clean Rivanna Campaign
Impact: The posters will increase visibility and awareness of the campaign and our organization which will garner increased participation in on-going river clean-ups, river paddles, public forums and educational programs.

Shelter For Help In Emergency
Mission: To end domestic violence in our community. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive, confidential and respectful environment in which survivors of domestic violence are empowered with the knowledge of personal and community resources to create a brighter, self-sufficient future free from violence for themselves and their families.
Project: Design a retrospective piece to celebrate the shelter’s 30th anniversary in 2009
Impact: The branding and retrospective look at our organization will help us commemorate all the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers and donors over the past 30 years while also helping to spread our roots wider and deeper bringing a greater understanding of the effects of domestic violence to our broader community.

Special Olympics Virginia
Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Project: Design logos, t-shirts, event program covers for two of our premier state-level events (the Alpine Championships at Wintergreen Resort and The Experience Tennis Invitational at the Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Impact: The creation of professional design elements for both community events will help to increase public awareness of our mission, attract more participation in our program

Children, Youth and Family Services
Mission: To help children increase their chances for a successful future by focusing on the prevention of problems. Our programs meet kids and families where they are – in their homes, schools, communities
Project: Site design, fencing and landscape design for a small, low-cost playground
Impact: This project will provide a “finishing touch” to our much-anticipated new building location which will provide much needed space to better serve kids and families. The playground will make us visible to the community as a child-centered agency.

Greene County Ruritans
Mission: To create a better understanding among people and through volunteer community service, make America’s communities better places in which to live and work
Project: Schematic Design of Concession/Restroom Facilities for Greene County’s only public park
Impact: A restroom/concession facility would encourage increased participation in the recreational use of the park. For lower income families this is their best option for healthy outdoor recreation.

Rockfish Sanctuary
Mission: To provide care for orphaned and injured wildlife until they can be released back into the wild
Project: Conceptual Design for the new Sanctuary Center located on a 2-3 acre site
Impact: Our new location will allow us to give better care to more animals and to develop and administer our educational program for the people of Central Virginia.

Rockfish Valley Foundation
Mission: To preserve the natural, historical, ecological and agricultural resources of the Rockfish Valley
Project: Conceptual design for Visitor Center and Compostable Restroom Facility
Impact: The Visitor Center will be a hub of information for Nelson County’s tourism experience which will impact the revenue of the county. Exhibits housed in the Visitor Center will educate visitors, particularly children, about the environment and how to be stewards of the natural world.

Service Dogs of Virginia
Mission: To raise and train exceptional dogs and match them to a person with a disability to create greater independence
Project: Redesign dog housing, design dog runs/training grounds, with focus on reducing stress on the land
Impact: We will be able to expand our overall capacity to raise and train our dogs. One dog works for approximately ten years which represents ten years of greater independence for a person with disabilities.