College of Wooster Wall Highlights Love of Nature

The College of Wooster in Ohio recently completed construction of the Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Science building, a unique building with a biophilic (love of nature) environment that includes several reclaimed elements throughout. Wanting a display to match the uniqueness of the building and acknowledge the gift from …continue reading

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One Project Leads to Many at Lindenwood University

We recently worked with the Lindenwood University team on an expansive recognition program for their new building and it all started with a few named gift plaques. Once the plaques were in place we were lucky enough to be asked to design, build, and install several other pieces of recognition …continue reading

Towson Donor Wall

Towson University CBE Doubles Number of Top Donors

What’s better than a party? When Towson University’s College of Business and Economics gathered its distinguished donors to recognize the impact of their gifts, the college had another reason to celebrate. Wouldn’t you celebrate if your team doubled the number of annual top donors from one year to the next?  …continue reading


Conflict in Storytelling — Part II

The difference between taking action and sleeping on it — In addition to assisting nonprofit organizations with their custom recognition projects, I volunteer as an Ambassador for the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. I meet with fellow alumni from chapters all over the country to discuss the great initiatives taking place—ranging from …continue reading

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Conflict in Storytelling

Are you Telling a Compelling Story? — At the end of a recent meeting with a prospective client, he remarked “I’ve learned something today. We can do better than just slapping some names up on the wall.” There are several scientific studies that detail how storytelling impacts the human brain. For …continue reading

touchscreen blog

Keep it Fresh!

With 15 years of custom interactive development behind us, in2Trek was created specifically for the not for profit environment.  Templated modules provide flexibility with personalization.  The proprietary Content Management System delivers an easy to follow process to keep the information fresh.  Our in2Trek Update Guide offers a suggested schedule to …continue reading

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Consider a “Design-Build” Approach

Consider a design-build approach to achieve cost and time efficiencies in your recognition display project The development and delivery of a recognition project involves many entities making the path confusing.  A design-build approach streamlines the process, minimizing cost and maximizing efficiencies.  This approach typically applies to a construction project, however …continue reading

touchscreen blog

Interactive May Be the Best Fit

The Next Recognition Frontier — The in2Trek® interactive system, developed and offered exclusively by 1157 designconcepts is not a one-size-fits-all solution. However, the powerful capability and capacity of in2Trek® brings a whole new dimension to donor recognition. Interactive touch screens engage display viewers in a way no static display can. The ability …continue reading

process blog

When Should the Process Begin?

The Sooner the Better — It starts with a vision, your vision of what you and your organization feel will be a suitable way to acknowledge your donors. The final solution should not only recognize those who have pledged their support, but also inspire future perspective donors to get on …continue reading

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Budget — The Elephant in the Room

Landing In the Ballpark — At 1157, we are much better designers and problem solvers than dancers. That’s why we like to get the discussion of the budget on the table early in the conversation with our clients, so neither of us is dancing around it later. Because of our …continue reading