Making a difference in Dorset


Web design and a brand refresh combined for Dorset Community Foundation, who work with individuals, families, companies and other organisations to help them achieve their charitable goals.

Brand refresh featured on Dorset Community Foundation website redesign

Developing the new site

Dorset Community Foundation approached us after they saw and liked the website that we had built for Sussex Community Foundation. Dorset wanted to use a similar approach for their own site, but with some unique differences. In particular they were looking for a more donor focussed approach.

Together with the small team at Dorset we planned the site architecture and user journeys, and developed a bright, positive theme.

Refreshing the brand along the way

Website redesigns often uncover the need for a re-evaluation of brand elements. At our kick-off meeting we all agreed that the typography in their logo needed updating and the colours in their emblem needed cleaning up.

We introduced a modern, web friendly typeface, Lato. We used Lato across new work both on the website and in print projects. Another web friendly font, for the strapline, minimises costs for an organisation with a limited budget. Along with a freshening up of their primary brand colour pallete we introduced a new set of secondary colours. A subtle texture adds warmth using neutral tones.

Website features

Dorset particularly liked the carousel hero we built for Sussex, so we adapted this for them.

All the usual features are present, including links to local giving and the Community Foundation’s CRM, sign-up for newsletters and updates, social media, news and blog posts. We also built a simple grants map which lists the grants given per region in any one giving year.

We helped to source new images to bring the site to life and developed a full set of icons that we have used throughout the website and on other printed communications since the site went live.

View of a website on a MacPro Silver
An ipad portrait
An ipad portrait
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View of a website on a mobile phone
View of a website on a mobile phone

The first project we worked on with Wave was building a new website on a very tight budget with a challenging brief. I was a new client and they were a new co-operative agency for us. I was so pleased and relieved when we delivered the new website on time and on a budget. Everyone I worked with made the whole process seamless, jargon-free and very enjoyable.

I have not looked back since. Wave not only maintain the fab website that they have built but also produce all our print marketing materials too. I can always rely on them for fresh ideas!

Daisy Ilchovska ,  Marketing and Communications Manager, Dorset Community Foundation