🕵️♀️ Our proposal
⏰ Project timeline
The project lasted 10 weeks —mapped on this timeline in Miro, and below.
📝 Ways of Working
As with every project, we start off by deciding how we’re going to work together. How we meet, capture work, and collaborate.
- Project kick-off — we did this in person, in Newcastle
- Weekly catch-ups — documented in our rolling doc with agendas & notes
- Monthly alliance meetings — to share progress and get feedback
- Trello Board — there are some small bits we are finishing off
- Slack — where we chatted about the project and shared files
- Miro Board — where we worked together and shared thinking throughout
🏷 Naming & Branding
We spent a few weeks brainstorming names. After much exploration (see below), we settled on Going Green Together. All about going green and working as a collective. We also wanted to create a brand that had the potential to be reused for other regions. Plus it’s a solid domain name:
🎨 Visual Design
We explored a range of visual directions. See the Miro board here and here. The finished brand identity combines a limited colour palette with simple line art. We wanted the brand to feel lean and clean, and be inherently environmentally friendly. Small image sizes, quick load times. Using up little ink in print. That kind of thing.
We applied this approach to north east landmarks, to conjure a sense of place and create something the north east VCSE community could be proud of.
📐 UX & UI Design
The site developed our testing carried out on the VCCA prototype. The core of the site combines editorially written climate action “steps” and real-life interventions and changes from VCSEs in the North East on their journeys to becoming more green.
We built out an events section, newsletter and blog using no-code tools and services, listed further down.
🧰 No-Code Development
We built a clickable prototype in week 3. This gave us something to prod and play with early on. It bought one or two ideas to life. From there, we iterated weekly. We developed un-styled pages until week 7. Then we applied visual design.
SIDE builds in Webflow plus best-in-class no-code tech.
For this project, we used:
💬 Comms & Engagement
Flo at di:ga worked with us throughout the project, offering domain expertise, feeding into key messaging and brand development. Key outputs included the Comms & Engagement Strategy & Press Release Template.
We also built a library of social media assets for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc using Canva. See the Instagram experimentation below.
🤓 Read more on the VONNE blog: Introducing Going Green Together