U.S. State Department Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - Report Design, 508 compliance, report publication

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The Problem

ACPD needed our help organizing and visualizing critical data in an appealing, clear, and accurate manner for several high-profile reports.

The Solution

The Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) tasked Kokopelli to take the lead in creating a graphic theme and design for their reports including choosing colors, creating graphics and high-quality stock photos to help tell their story. Kokopelli maintained constant communication with the ACPD team and internally to streamline efforts and remain flexible to change when needed to ensure reports stayed on schedule and met ACPD’s expectations.

The Result

Their high-resolution, graphic-heavy reports were delivered on time and within budget, were visually appealing, and reflected ACPD’s intentions and research to attain awareness and future funding.

The Kokopelli team was always timely and efficient and helped solve problems in the design process rather than give excuses. In short, the Kokopelli team is professional and collegial, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with them.

Dr. Vivian Walker, Executive Director ACPD

What we Delivered

  • Communication & Strategy Planning

  • Theme & Graphic Design

  • Section 508 Compliance

  • Layout

  • Printing Services: Digital & Print-Ready PDF

Communication & Strategy Planning

ACPD needed help organizing and visualizing data contained in several reports, including their 372-page 2021 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting and several special report projects. In response, the Kokopelli team dug deep to learn about the reports being made, the audiences, and how to best deliver an excellent product that reflected the intentions and research of ACPD.

The team at Kokopelli streamlined the effort by keeping the process moving from Day 1—sharing updates and requests internally and with ACPD counterparts rather than sitting on any one piece.

The entire team maintained thorough and continuous communication, remaining flexible to change when needed to ensure the reports stayed on schedule and met ACPD's expectations.

Theme & Graphic Design

ACPD relied on the design team at Kokopelli to create a graphic theme and design for their reports by choosing the right visuals to present on brand, accurate, and comprehensive stories any audience could follow. Kokopelli selected colors, created info-graphics, maps, tables, and other illustrations, as well as picked high-quality images to punctuate analytical data.

The goal was to strike a balance between function and design where they complement each other, while being open and flexible to change throughout the creative and editorial process—ultimately delivering reports that were both beautiful to look at and easy to read.

The final result has been visually appealing reports that tell the story of ACPD and their crucial work.

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Section 508 Compliance

ACPD needed to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, ensuring their digital documents were readable and accessible by everyone no matter if they have a disability or not.

Using our full-service production capabilities, we created compelling imagery and messaging (including writing alternative descriptive text for all images) suitable for multiple mediums, paying special attention to color combinations, text size, and font style.

Not only were the high-resolution, graphic-heavy print and digital reports delivered on time and within budget, but they were visually appealing and 508 compliant. 

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