The New Home of Leading Global Academic Research
Columbia University’s new website is uniting its global community by providing a singular online home for its schools, institutes, programs, and scholars around the world.
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The Definitive Measure of Global Environmental Performance
See how research, a data-rich website, and online tools are helping Yale change how governments and business around the world implement policies that combat climate change.
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Strengthening the
Voice of a Leader for
a More Equitable NYC
A new brand strategy, focused message, and strong visual identity are helping The Pratt Center ensure more equitable, sustainable communities for all New Yorkers.
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Connecting Leading Social Entrepreneurs Around the World
What's possible when some of the the world's most respected social entrepreneurs collaborate online to change the world? We helped the Aspen Institute create the platform to find out.
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Leading the Charge on Sustainable, Electrified Transportation
The Electrification Coalition is engaging leaders in business & government across the nation to support US electric transportation grid.
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Empowering Women
and Strengthening African Communities
Tostan's new website is helping the nonprofit innovator empower African communities, champion women's and children's rights, and create generational change.
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Designing a New Way Forward

For 15 years, nonprofits, educational institutions and social enterprises have turned to MSDS to provide strategy, branding, design, and technology that helps them deliver more effective brand experiences and achieve greater impact.

MSDS Case Studies

MSDS Founder to Author Weekly Column With Philanthropy News Digest
Beginning in January, 2015, Philanthropy News Digest , a daily news service of the Foundation Center announced it will begin publishing a monthly column on their PhilanTopic website, authored by MSDS Founder and Director of Strategy, Matthew Schwartz. The series, named Cause-Driven Design ® will...
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New Souls Grown Deep Foundation Website Launches
MSDS is very pleased to celebrate the launch of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation's new website, for which we were the nonprofit's UX and design partner. MSDS worked with the arts philanthropy to educate audiences about an often overlooked periofd in American art history, and bring its collection of...
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MSDS Wins Silver Honors in the Davey Awards and W3 Awards
The results for the 2014 Davey Awards and W³ Awards are in, and we're proud to say that MSDS's design for the Yale 2014 Environmental Performance Index has been recognized with a Silver Award from the W³ Awards in the University category, while our designs for the Aspen Global Leadership Network...
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MSDS Insights

How Nonprofits & Design Firms Collaborate to Change the World
Nonprofits bring passion, dedication, and expertise to the often complex problems they are trying to solve. Design firms bring a similar passion, dedication, and expertise to the work of designing experiences. While the specifics of what we do and the way we do it may be different, at our cores...
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5 Fantastic UX Prototyping Tools: Part One
A litany of tools exist to help UX designers transition from static wireframes to an interactive prototype, which can be used for testing with users to validate design decisions and help clarify how a website will function to a client. Testing a prototype using a dedicated program rather than...
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The 4 Strategic Foundations of Effective Websites
Design is a collaborative process, filled with decision points and detours along the way. Effectively navigating it requires everyone to have a shared vision for where they’re trying to go. Design firms help make this possible by being consultative partners who actively listen, help clients...
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