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501c Design Ethos

Simple design solutions to untangle even the most complex problems.

501c Design Ethos

Simple design solutions to untangle even the most complex problems.

With more than 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector, 501c Design solves nonprofits' communication challenges by identifying their core message and showing it via compelling, smart graphic design.

I’ve worked with several dozen direct mail designers over the past 20 years, and no one has been able to turn ideas into dollars as quickly or creatively as Kerstin. She’s a wonderful partner and source of inspiration. And she’s a lot of fun!

Dalton FuquaDirector, Membership & Development Planning, Common Cause

Working with Kerstin is a consistent pleasure. From our initial brainstorming meeting, to preliminary designs, to the revision process, Kerstin was responsive, enthusiastic, and attentive to my vision for the project. She fully rebranded my festival and is one of my most valued partnerships.

Whitney DeardenDirector of Public Programming, Summer on the Hudson

Kerstin is a phenomenal and creative designer who performs well under pressure and tight deadlines. We have been able to count on her for each Festival for her originality and cool and easy way of implementing these designs. Every Festival she continues to outdo herself!

Ysabel GonzalezAssistant Director, Dodge Poetry Program

Kerstin doesn’t do buzzwords, she delivers creativity and brings a little more order to the world each day on every project. Successful creative partnerships make each iteration of a project better and are always open to inspiration. Kerstin sees connections and communicates complex policy issues in ways that respect people’s intelligence and gives them just what they need to advance their thinking.

Scott SwensonVice President, Communications, Common Cause

As art director of The Progressive since 2015, Kerstin has demonstrated not just great competence but great sensibility, uniting the magazine’s message with its look. Her instincts are sound and her knowledge of the field of illustration vast, yet she works collaboratively, engaging in the back-and-forth that is necessary to achieve high quality, while finding creative ways to work within our severe budgetary constraints. Our debt to her grows with each and every issue.

Bill LuedersEditor-in-Chief, The Progressive

501c Design was just the right company at just the right time for Teach Democracy (formerly Constitutional Rights Foundation). Prior efforts to change the name had failed, but 501c Design brought the right mix of patience and professionalism. The research and process were exhaustive and inclusive, so much so that stakeholders were very confident in the work and were won over to the prospect of change.

Amanda SusskindPresident, Teach Democracy
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Phone: 973-762-3623
Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Mon-Fri

39 Park Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040

(Yes, we’re in New Jersey, but right outside New York City)