{ about Alison }


At heart, I am a storyteller. Drawing on my background in journalism and photography, I combine clear and concise text, powerful imagery, and the latest web tools to create a web experience that tells an engaging and effective story. My design aesthetic is clean and elegant, and will never overshadow the most important aspect of the site – your organization!

When not at my desk, I can be found on my yoga mat, photographing my neighborhood, or in the kitchen whipping up a new batch of pickles or kimchi.

{ NationBuilder }

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As a NationBuilder Architect & Expert, I can not only design and program a beautiful website for your organization, but I can also help you get the absolute most out of the NationBuilder platform. As a website, communication, and finance tool all together in one, NationBuilder is in a league of its own. With it you can integrate social media, send email blasts, fundraise for your cause, keep track of growth, and much more. To learn more, check out the NationBuilder website.

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Working with Alison was great. She is as efficient as she is creative, and she translated our vision into reality perfectly. Thanks to her efforts we were able to connect with our target audiences and successfully achieve our community group's funding goal. I wholeheartedly recommend Alison.

Adam Sweet :: Daylight Mill Creek

Alison’s ability to pack a punch by combining powerful images with language dense text was exactly what our nonprofit science research institute needed to upgrade our website.  It was her clean visual aesthetic that first caught my eye but her dedication to intuitive function keeps me coming back. I happily use her for regular website tune-ups and recommend her to anyone who will listen.

Rhianna Basore :: Scintillon Institute

{ Latest Work }


The Food Shed Co-op

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The people behind the Food Shed are trying to bring a new food co-op to McHenry County, Illinois, and are using the NationBuilder platform get support and sell shares in the company. They had a fantastic branding schema already in place and my job was to create a website that complements their earthy style. I also streamlined the share purchase process to make it much simpler for visitors.


North Brooklyn Angels

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The North Brooklyn Angels are a non-profit that is taking the issue of hunger, poverty, and homelessness to the street. They have a mobile soup kitchen that parks in different spots around Brooklyn to feed those in need. To complement their rebel-with-a-cause style logo, I used a black, white, and red color palette, asymmetrical boxes for their statistics, and Brooklyn's famous water towers as a backdrop. A custom map with the soup kitchen food truck locations and times of service was also included.


Women's Voices Now

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Through the medium of film, Women's Voices Now works to bring awareness to the global struggle for women's rights. Not only does WVN house an archive of films that are free to watch and host an international film festival, they also hold local events, fiscally support up and coming filmmakers, produce an online magazine, and much more. My work was to update the homepage to better highlight all that they do, implement a better tagging system so that content is easy to find, and create rotating curated content pages.


Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre

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For the Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre's (FOPACT) website, I wanted to create a site that was informational, yet also reflected the fun nature of this children's theatre in Silicone Valley. Combining big, bold images of theatre productions, a lively color palate, and marquee-style fonts, the website provides parents with the info they need and entices kids to be a part of this great organization.

Daylight Mill Creek

Daylight Mill Creek

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When the Keepers of Mill Creek needed to gain support for their efforts to reconnect Mill Creek to the Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada, they needed a site and brand identity that reflected their cause and engaged and encouraged users to get involved. I combined an earthy color scheme, old-world style fonts, and stunning images of the area to evoke a feeling of environmental and historical importance. The homepage utilized the long-scrolling format, with information presented in bite-sized parts that flowed one after the other until the user reaches the bottom of the page, which resembles a river seafloor.

{ websites }


{ research }

I begin all my projects with a thorough understanding of my client’s organization- their specific field of knowledge, their goals, and their competitors.

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{ design }

Beyond color and composition, an effective design combines eye-catching aesthetics with intuitive information design and engaging user interactivity.

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{ programming }

Clean, robust code. This means that your site will adhere to the latest web standards and function properly on all modern browsers and on every device.

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{ branding }

Having a complete brand identity is essential. To create a fully cohesive look, Alison Shuman Media offers a complete set of design services including logo, print, and social media.

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{ grant writing }

Do you have endless passion for your cause, but trouble capturing that passion on paper? Let me help you give your proposal that extra boost it needs to stand out from the competition.

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{ video/photo editing }

Visual media is key. I can help you choose your strongest images and retouch them to perfection or edit your video and optimize it for the web.

{ contact }

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