Emma M Weiss
Emma M Weiss
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direct mail: my sister's place

For this project, I was to choose a nonprofit organization and create a design for a three-dimensional direct response solicitation to promote a better understanding of their mission and to ask for support from recipients. I selected the organization My Sister’s Place and designed my promotional mailer to encourage much-needed donations from families living in Washington, DC.

 My Sister’s Place has been a foundational domestic violence support organization in Washington, DC since 76. Originally also including a domestic violence hotline in its programs, MSP has focused more recently on supporting victims through housing, counseling, legal aid, and advocacy.

My Sister’s Place has been a foundational domestic violence support organization in Washington, DC since 76. Originally also including a domestic violence hotline in its programs, MSP has focused more recently on supporting victims through housing, counseling, legal aid, and advocacy.

 My Sister’s Place is an organization specific to Washington, DC, unlike more national advocacy and legislation-focused groups. Other domestic violence organizations in Washington, DC include  DC SAFE  (emergency service-specific),  Mt. Carmel House  (permanent housing-specific), and the  National Domestic Violence Hotline  (emergency assistance-specific).  My Sister’s Place is unique, however, as they successfully provide a “full continuum of care” for victims who seek their help. Their focus on comprehensive care is a critical response to the need for housing not only for victims to safely escape to, but also for victims to transition into a domestic violence-free life after emergency care.

My Sister’s Place is an organization specific to Washington, DC, unlike more national advocacy and legislation-focused groups. Other domestic violence organizations in Washington, DC include DC SAFE (emergency service-specific), Mt. Carmel House (permanent housing-specific), and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (emergency assistance-specific).

My Sister’s Place is unique, however, as they successfully provide a “full continuum of care” for victims who seek their help. Their focus on comprehensive care is a critical response to the need for housing not only for victims to safely escape to, but also for victims to transition into a domestic violence-free life after emergency care.

 Branding colors of My Sister’s Place include a stark, dramatic canary yellow paired with a softer, reassuring eggshell blue. Impactful black and white imagery accompanies these stand-out colors to convey a sense of gravity and seriousness, while also offering a hopeful, uplifting mission. These elements combine in a way that highlights MSP’s goal of providing safe solutions for the urgent problem of domestic violence. By utilizing these branding elements, the mailer reflects these values and communicates this unique combination of gravity and hopefulness.

Branding colors of My Sister’s Place include a stark, dramatic canary yellow paired with a softer, reassuring eggshell blue. Impactful black and white imagery accompanies these stand-out colors to convey a sense of gravity and seriousness, while also offering a hopeful, uplifting mission. These elements combine in a way that highlights MSP’s goal of providing safe solutions for the urgent problem of domestic violence. By utilizing these branding elements, the mailer reflects these values and communicates this unique combination of gravity and hopefulness.

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 By catching interest with recognizable imagery of DC houses, the mailer design brings the issue of domestic violence in Washington, DC right to the doorstep of those who may not have been aware of its seriousness and urgency.

By catching interest with recognizable imagery of DC houses, the mailer design brings the issue of domestic violence in Washington, DC right to the doorstep of those who may not have been aware of its seriousness and urgency.

 Showing up-to-date statistics of DC domestic violence, as well as concrete evidence of MSP’s impact, will compel the recipients of this mailer to donate to help MSP continue its important, DC-specific work against domestic violence.

Showing up-to-date statistics of DC domestic violence, as well as concrete evidence of MSP’s impact, will compel the recipients of this mailer to donate to help MSP continue its important, DC-specific work against domestic violence.