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The Kurt Weill Foundation

A ground-up rebuild of the nonprofit organization's website built on WordPress

KWF Hero Image

We partnered with the team at KWF to build a new website for the Foundation to present a strong, coherent, and self-consistent view of its two namesake artists, Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, and of the Foundation and its programming.

KWF Logo Design

An expansive content audit to inform new, intuitive information architecture

We began the project with a careful audit of the existing site’s 800+ pages. As part of the UX phase, we distilled the content into an intuitive information architecture that successfully organizes the site’s abundance of interconnected content to fulfill the needs of the organization’s myriad programs, desired features, audiences, and goals.

The site houses information about the Foundation’s programming (including the popular Lotte Lenya Competition); an abundance of audio and written content about Weill and Lenya; a searchable database of all of Weill’s works; information about the Research Center facility located in New York City and the content it houses; and information and content from the Foundation itself (news, events, and the Kurt Weill newsletter). To give end users a better understanding of where to find things, we opted for a visually rich megamenu style that provides more context about what can be found where.

KWF User Interface Screens

A refined logo and new creative vision to communicate the spirit and identity of KWF

The Foundation was looking for a lightweight visual update, including a revised logo. The final logo is modern, but keeps in the spirit of the original logo modeled after Kurt’s signature. The site design features a neutral color palette, modern type, subtle and sophisticated micro-animations, and black and white photography of the namesake artists.

KWF Logo Comparison - Before and After
KWF Poster Design Bus StopKWF Brochure and Business Card Design
KWF Brand Typography and Color
KWF Mobile Screen TimelineKWF Mobile Screen WorksKWF Mobile Screen Musical Works
KWF Various Desktop and Mobile Views

A robust integration with Salesforce to power an Events Calendar

The site’s Events Calendar makes it easy to find performances of works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein that are taking place around the world, along with relevant events and conferences. KWF manages all of this data in Salesforce, and wanted to avoid the burden of double entry. To accomplish this, we leveraged the Object Sync Plugin, writing additional custom code for a seamless integration.

KWF Events Page Design
Kurt Weill in HomeKWF Events Card User Interface
KWF Various Desktop and Mobile Views

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